Saturday, 26 July 2014

How do you like this martini, Mr Bond?

As you all know, Sally from Charity Shop Chic launched her own pattern line last month called Capital Chic. If you haven't checked out the unique and very fashionable range, first...why not? And second, get over there now!

I was lucky enough to be asked to test the gorgeous and super sexy Martini cocktail dress. Available in two versions, the Martini is very on trend featuring a crop top and high-waisted skirt that can either be made as separates or cleverly joined together. I opted for the joined version and here's how it turned out!


Now...I know you might be recognising this fabric as the very same fabric featured in the Capital Chic collection, well, um...uh....I have no excuse, it is the same. Why fix it if it ain't broken?! I saw this fabric at a sneaky preview of the collection and fell in love. It's a super cool, textured curtain fabric from Rolls and Rems in Lewisham. And I know how much Don loves me in a pair of curtains!

The thicker fabric actually provides the perfect amount of structure for creating the cropped bodice, which is designed to stand away from the body. It not only sews and presses like a dream but also helps the skirt to truly skim over those curves.


Sizing wise, I made the bodice and skirt in a 12 widening slightly at the hips. I really like how fitted the dress is supposed to be - so bear this in mind when making yours. If you prefer a looser fit, size up or make a muslin to see what suits you best.

The pattern instructions are nice and clear with helpful diagrams along the way. There are some great techniques for intermediate sewers who like the extra challenge in their sewing, including a lined vent, french seams, using the bodice lining to face the armholes and neckline, invisible zipper and boning (optional).


So, Mr Bond, what do you think?


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