This week marks the anniversary of Straight Stitch Designs and I’m so honored to be among an amazing list of bloggers who are helping Kimberly celebrate during her Remix the Stitch tour. Each blogger was challenged to choose on of Kimberly’s patterns and re-mix them any way we want to show how the patterns can be used to create even more fabulous garments. I chose the Capitol Hill Dress pattern and while I created a slightly different look by adding a key hole and bow tie collar, I can’t wait to create a wardrobe full of straight- up, Capitol Hill dresses and tunics.
Besides the fun, double pleated bodice, the original pattern comes with options for full or elbow length sleeves. and a full or half skirt in tunic or dress lengths. As I was thinking on how I was going to mix-up this already fabulous pattern, it dawned on me that I wasn’t going to be able to wait for the heat of summer to die down before wearing this garment, so my first pattern alteration had to be to shorten the sleeves.
I had originally thought I’d just be adding the bow collar but once it was attached I realized the “girls” were stretching those lovely pleats, so I added the key hole to relieve some of the stretching. Thought it wasn’t in my original plan, I really like how it turned out. They only change I’ll make when I sew up a whole closet of this pattern, is to add another inch or two to the bodice length. My crazy long torso is always a problem when it comes to patterns that are supposed to sit at the natural waist, so not a surprise that this one will need a wee bit more length in order to fit me perfectly.
Anyhooooo, if you’re wanting to add a key hole and/or bow tie collar to your Capitol Hill Dress here’s how you go about it.
Measure the v and create a piece of bias tape that is 1 1/2 inches X the opening length + 1 inch. Sandwich the opening between the bias tape, pin and sew along the open edge.
To create a new pattern piece for the bow tie neck line, make a new pattern piece based on the original pattern piece length. I created a rectangle that was 5 inches wide X the length of the neckline + 12 inches. Once you have created your pattern piece, cut one on the fold.
Once cut, fold fabric in half length-wise, right sides together, Sew the short ends using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Clip the corners and turn right side out, making sure to poke out the corners using a chopstick.
Mark the center back of the neckline and the center of the bow tie piece. Match up the two marks, then pin the bow tie to the neckline, alternating sides. Sew around the neckline using a zig-zag stitch. Starting and stopping where the bow tie meets the bias tape.
Press the seam down and topstitch. Then press the open edges of the bow tie inward and slip stitch closed. Contin
ue following the pattern directions until you have completed your gorgeous new bow tie Capitol Hill tunic or dress.
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For more stops along the tour check out the blogs below.