Lisa Comfort must own a crystal ball. On Wednesday she released her new ebook, My Capsule Wardrobe, full of cosy and comfortable patterns. On Friday, autumn arrived. By Saturday, I had a new dress.
My Capsule Wardrobe features five incredibly versatile patterns, aimed at providing the perfect set of outfits for a weekend break. Such a clever concept! I would totally go to this dress for sitting in an air conditioned plane. It’s so cosy and comfortable.
I cut true to my size and did not need to make one single adjustment. The drafting on this is perfect. Snug enough to be flattering; loose enough to be comfortable. This isn’t easy to achieve. I can tell you that from all the breton striped sacks I’ve bought and discarded from the high street.
The patterns come as downloadable PDFs for printing out. This pattern took 33 sheets of A4. I only had to sacrifice 45 minutes of my time to tape them together and cut out. I don’t think that’s really any longer than it would take to prepare a paper pattern.
I also printed out the ebook pages relevant to this pattern, to tuck away with the pattern pieces for future reference. But, honestly? This dress is so simple to put together, I’m not sure I’ll ever need to refer to them again.
On the spectrum of instruction detail, I’d say that My Capsule Wardrobe veers closer to the simple than the handholding. I don’t mind that – I’m more than happy to be treated like an intelligent adult, especially with a make as straightforward as this.
The fabric, you ask! It’s actually a sweater knit available here and soooooo cosy. Girl Charlee UK kindly sent this to me and it’s been hanging over my stair banister for a few weeks, waiting for the perfect pattern. The sweater knit is pretty much as stable as a woven, which makes it perfect for beginners. It is in the bulky side, so you need to choose your make accordingly – gathers would be a disaster, for example.
When working with stripes, it’s important to ensure that they run true across the body. Pinning them together before cutting out helps a lot. There’s a good guide to this technique here.
The pattern includes some great details. The bat wing sleeves and flattering neckline make this a touch more than a simple jersey shift dress.
If, like me, you have narrow shoulders that can be tricky to fit, you’ll always love a bat wing sleeve, a kimono sleeve and/or a dropped shoulder hem. Much less fitting to wrestle with ie none.
This is definitely my new favourite dress and I am really keen to make other patterns from My Capsule Wardrobe. I have big plans for the Lola coat. And, hey. My nose has healed pretty well, right? Some scarring, but I’m not worried. I have a new dress, after all!
With thanks to Sew Over It for a review copy of My Capsule Wardrobe, and thanks to Girl Charlee UK for the fabric.