Psssst!! New indie pattern company launches today +GIVEAWAY

Hey peops! Guess what?! None other than Sally of Charity Shop Chic, launches her own range of sewing patterns as of 9:30 this morning under the trading name Capital Chic Patterns

Readers of this blog will no doubt remember Sally’s epic trench coat refashion as part of last year’s The Refashioner series. Proof if it were needed of Sally’s epic drafting skills. So this range of patterns promises to be meticulously drafted!

Named after cocktails, (methinks Sally has a penchant for cocktails!) each of the PDF patterns comes with two variations included. The collection comprises two skirt patterns, a blouse pattern, a sweatshirt pattern and two dress patterns. Each of the designs is inspired by the catwalk, red carpet fashion and London street style.

The patterns’ difficulty ranges from intermediate to advanced, perfect for those looking to move on from sewing beginner styles. Techniques such as using boning, French seams and machine-rolled hems are explained in detail; following each set of fully-illustrated instructions is a great way for sewists to learn and improve their sewing repertoires. The patterns are available now for digital download from as print-at-home and print-at-copyshop PDF files. The patterns currently come in five sizes, from UK 10 to UK 18, and they are nested for easy blending between sizes.

And courtesy of Sally, one lucky reader of this blog can win their choice of pattern from the range to try out for themselves! Simply leave a comment below detailing how I can contact you….and for a bit of fun…tell me what YOUR favourite cocktail is….you never know…it may even end up as the name of one of Sally’s patterns πŸ˜‰ Giveaway closes at midnight (GMT) on Monday 30th June.

Cheers! Hic….!

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  1. Kate June 26, 2014

    Mojito. Or anything with ice cream in it. A cocktail that doubles as dessert!

  2. Tone June 26, 2014

    I have to agree whit the mojito! *getting thirsty as we speek…

  3. Giddyauntlola June 26, 2014

    Has to be a Cosmopolitan because it reminds me of the girls in Sex in the City and all the deliciously naughty fun they have! (

  4. Elena June 26, 2014

    I love any champagne-based cocktail – I’m not fussy! Thanks so much for this giveaway, Sally’s collection looks amazing!

  5. Beth Holmes June 26, 2014

    i love the bellini blouse, but alas, i actually don’t drink alcohol so i don’t have a favourite cocktail! i do love shloer though, so that’s normally my drink of choice if i’m out with friends. thank you for the giveaway and an amazing first collection! πŸ™‚

  6. Ashley June 26, 2014

    For me, anything sweet and fruity is my first choice of drinks. Good luck Sally, your collection is great!

  7. Sleepy Suzy June 26, 2014

    A white russian please!

  8. Tamsin June 26, 2014

    My special treat cocktail is a vodka martini, but I also like a mojito. Great collection from Sally – they all look fab!

  9. Naheema G June 26, 2014

    Really like the Martini dress. My favorite cocktail is Raspberry Caipirinha. Maybe there will be a dress for that coming soon…
    naheema_gordon2000@yahoo (dot)

  10. themidnightpony June 26, 2014

    Yay new sewing patterns! A couple of weeks ago I would have named Caipirinhas as my favourite cocktail but I recently overindulged…perhaps something chocolatey like a Toblerone πŸ™‚

    (ponymidnight at gmail dot com)

  11. Zoe May June 26, 2014

    Yay! Love the collection!
    My favourite cocktail was a recent discovery called the Dark Horse – featuring tons of lime, basil and chilli πŸ˜€

  12. Hannah Frost June 26, 2014

    I really think woo woo would be an awesome pattern name! Imagine the bright party dresses!! Existing pattern-wise, I love champagne, such a fun yet professional look. hannahlouisefrost@aol.

  13. Jenni June 26, 2014

    Not sure I could pick just one cocktail! But am loving these new patterns x

  14. Annika June 26, 2014

    Pina colada… (naehconnection(at)gmail(dot)com)

  15. notsewsimple June 26, 2014

    I am totally a margarita girl! I love all of Sally’s patterns but the Bellini and jagged hem manhattan skirt are my favourites

    louise at fate16 dotcom

  16. Claire June 26, 2014

    I love this collection! I’m a mojito girl at heart.

  17. Becky June 26, 2014

    II’m honestly not much of a drinker, because I’m a total lightweight! So on the rare occasions that I do drink, it’s generally one glass of wine. But I do like a strawberry daquiri from time to time. Does that count? (sunnyb64 at Yahoo dot com)

  18. Anonymous June 26, 2014

    Bellini is my most favourite cocktail – and I love the Bellini blouse! (

  19. Julia June 26, 2014

    I’m a dirty martini girl myself, extra dirty πŸ˜‰

    fallj884 at gmail dot com

  20. Helen June 26, 2014

    It would be a margarita for me. I don’t like many cocktails because I don’t really like sweet drinks, so this is perfect for me. Pattern wise, I love the White Russian sweatshirt. So cool!

  21. acraftyscientist June 26, 2014

    Strawberry daiquiri πŸ™‚ (So that’s why Sally’s blog has been so quiet lately…)

  22. Dee Durrant June 26, 2014

    A pina colada is my fav “drink” cocktail and the Martini is my fav “pattern” cocktail.

  23. Eirini June 26, 2014

    Margarita is my favorite cocktail- as for the new pattern line, I like the more urban, minimalistic style and I can definitely see myself wearing some of those at day-to-night!

  24. Caroline June 26, 2014

    A Pedro Collins, thanks!

  25. Anonymous June 26, 2014

    All the patterns look very wearable. It will be hard to decide which one to make first.
    My favorite cocktail is a Chimayo. It is made in NM with tequila and apple juice.

  26. Almost a Hippy June 26, 2014

    My favourite cocktail has got to be something with gin in it-yummy! Sally’s new patterns look lovely, I would love to win the Bellini blouse, so cute.


  27. Katarina June 26, 2014

    I love aclassic gin cocktail: gin tonic or hemmingway but a strawberry magarita might slip in here and there, too.

  28. Meriwether June 26, 2014

    Pimms cup, hands down!

  29. dicca85 June 26, 2014

    My favourite cocktail is Pina Colada, but I am really digging Sally’s white russian! LOL

  30. lesleyana June 26, 2014

    i am a banana margarita kind of girl!

  31. CamberwellGal June 26, 2014

    I had something called an English Country Garden the other day; gin, pear juice, dash of white wine and rosemary – and it really smelt like being outside on a summer morning – fresh and lovely. That said, I’m partial to a Bellini, apparently both in cocktail and pattern form.

  32. Gabrielle June 26, 2014

    I love a Boston sidecar, and also have a weakness for the odd Japanese slipper… And among the patterns, I really like that martini dress! I’m contactable through my blog if my email address doesn’t link to this comment – upsewlate (at)

  33. Helene Reinders June 26, 2014

    I like me a good mai tai. Though, gin and tonic is a mainstay.

  34. Margo June 26, 2014

    What a fabulous collection! I like a greyhound, or anything with grapefruit juice really.

  35. Print me Pretty June 26, 2014

    Favourite cocktail Dune/June Bug, favourite cocktail pattern Bellini. A great collection

  36. zilredloh June 26, 2014

    These look lovely. My fav cocktail is a French Martini. You can contact me via email (thru

  37. infectiousstitches June 26, 2014

    I’ve never gotten used to the taste of alcohol so don’t really drink cocktails. Perhaps I should try some alcohol free ones? πŸ˜‰ The Martini dress is my favourite of this collection.

  38. Charlotte June 26, 2014

    Ooh how lovely, more gorgeous patterns to lust over. I particularly like the Martini but with a Mojito in hand for me. πŸ™‚

  39. Anonymous June 26, 2014

    Classic Gin & Juice!!!! Very cute classic patterns.

  40. diaryofapennypincher June 26, 2014

    I’ll drink anything with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey in it! What beautiful and well thought out designs from Sally. I’m particularly torn between the Martini and White Russian, although I’d probably get more mileage out of the White Russian.

  41. JustSew Jenna June 26, 2014

    My favourite cocktail is a Peach Bellini and my favourite pattern is the Bellini!!

  42. jmtrevett June 26, 2014

    Caipirinha or a Caipiroska (made with vodka instead of cachaça)

  43. Lana Pugh June 26, 2014

    I’m simple, I like a good old whiskey and coke. You can find me at

  44. Tabatha Tweedie June 26, 2014

    I would love to win the Martini pattern! My favourite cocktail is a Gin Fizz. It’s similar to a John Collins/Tom Collins but is less lemony, less sweet, contains more gin and has a maraschino cherry. Yum! My email is

  45. Annabelle June 26, 2014

    I’ve been wanting a whiskey sour for over a year and half! (Pregnancy and breastfeeding have prevented that from happening, but it won’t be much longer and I can have one!) I would also love to see a dress named after a whiskey sour . . .

  46. jessica dennis June 26, 2014

    I love the White Russian. Just my style!

  47. opalspeacock June 26, 2014

    Oh, how fun! I do love a new pattern and a cocktail. My current favorite is an Espresso Martini. To make: combine equal parts espresso, 1/2 & 1/2 or cream or milk, Irish Cream, Kahlua, & Vodka or vanilla vodka. Shaken or stirred over ice. Yum Yum.

  48. Ana Sullivan June 26, 2014

    I love a Cosmopolitan

  49. Claire June 26, 2014

    Sorry to lower the tone but its a sex on the beach for me. Or a daiquiri in the summer. Have never seen her blog before, will follow now though.

  50. cheekychacha June 26, 2014

    Love another pattern company to pick from! I think I once had something called a Brown Cow but that would not be a selling point on a new pattern now, would it!

  51. Eme Asterisco June 26, 2014

    Well, I am from Spain is summer, so Sangría or tinto de verano is what I am drinking the most. I found you through Sally when I was thinking about becoming a refashioner myself. Both of you have really inspired/encouraged me to start doing something with my mum’s wardrobe -it’s a long story.
    I love the Cosmopolitan pattern. So chick, so Victoria Beckham!
    You can contact me at asterisco.m(at)gmail(dot)com or via twitter @la_madalena

  52. Jessica R June 26, 2014

    My favorite is gin and elderflower with soda -so summery! jmrbs31(at)gmail(dot)com

  53. Maria June 26, 2014

    I am thrilled Sally has her own pattern company. I’ve been following her Charity Shop Chic site for a while and love how she creates great outfits from not so great beginnings. She’s quite an artist. I also love the pattern designs – very classy and unique. Truly something different! And, I think it’s fantastic she is thinking about the non-beginner sewist. I agree that there are quite a few companies that already cater to newbies, so it’s nice to see someone looking out for the rest of us. Hurrah for Sally!
    Okay, I’m really a beer drinker rather than a cocktail drinker, but when I do I’ll usually have a dirty martini – with lots of olives!

  54. Dana June 26, 2014

    While I love the Martini dress it really isn’t the cocktail for me. I’m more of a gin and tonic sort of girl!

  55. Tatiana Di Maio June 26, 2014

    Bellini is my favourite!

  56. colesworth June 26, 2014

    Nothing beats a fruity daiquiri in the summer!

  57. MaciNic June 26, 2014

    I’m a Mojito fan as well – but happy to mix it up with the fruits at hand – seriously, anything with ice, mint & white rum will always be a winner!

  58. Eileen Cox June 27, 2014

    Been following Sally’s blog for quite awhile and I love her style & design sense – woot for taking it up a notch! I’m not much for drinking or cocktails, but I have to say, it’s hard for me to turn down a B52…

  59. Seamstress Erin June 27, 2014

    Lemondrop. Or if I’m not feeling sweet a sidecar (which doesn’t make a great pattern name, unfortunately).

  60. JTKnitter San June 27, 2014

    What is a straight vodka called? That’s my cocktail of choice! πŸ™‚

  61. June 27, 2014

    I remember the Fluffy Duck days :). These patterns look awesome, I am already subscribed to the new blog.

  62. Molly June 27, 2014

    I’m really looking forward to trying these patterns! Any drink with citrus in it is for me, I don’t have a specific one though.

  63. Anonymous June 27, 2014

    In summer, it’s a bellini. But I’d love to make the Martini for the cruise we’ve just booked! Lyn (

  64. Anonymous June 27, 2014

    Passionfruit Martini – Rainpatter at gmail

  65. Deb June 27, 2014

    My favourite cocktail is a vodka gimlet…

  66. Jen D June 27, 2014

    A long island iced tea, thank you very much!

  67. Anonymous June 27, 2014

    I love all the patterns but Bellini and White Russian in particular. I don’t drink cocktails very often but enjoy a Blue Moon when i do. I have been following Charity Shop Chic by email for ages now and find Sally’s transformations amazing. I’m sure her new venture will be a success. (

  68. KimmyKay June 27, 2014

    I like the Martini pattern. But my favorite cockail is a Raspberry Mojito

  69. craftylittlebugger June 27, 2014

    I love an Old Fashioned personally. Pattern-wise, that Martini pattern is a stunner!

  70. romi June 28, 2014

    I like Cosmopolitan, both the cocktail and the dress. They remind me of Sex and the City and I would really feel like Carry or even Samantha in a dress like that, sexy , classy and unbeatable. Good luck to the Charity Shop Chic girl who grew up , I wish her the best of luck.

  71. Nessie June 28, 2014

    It’s been sooo long – the Toblerone, I like the Manhattan. They all look great.

  72. tizz June 28, 2014

    I love a Japanese slipper, though they can be quite difficult to find! Love the White Russian pattern too! Great to see more indie designers succeeding. I can be found at

  73. Sox June 28, 2014

    The Bellini blouse looks lovely, as does the cocktail of the same name. I’ve had precious few cocktails, but I quite liked the Crantini I had once, even tho’ it did knock me off my feet. πŸ™‚

  74. Sabine June 29, 2014

    Oh. I am completely alcohol-free… (which, as my friends tell me, is a good thing, ’cause I’m usually on a natural high already and they’d rather not experience me with alcohol on the brain! πŸ™‚ )
    Yet, I am more than willing to try out the Martini pattern. Seriously: wowsa!

  75. aem2 June 30, 2014

    I love Sally’s patterns. My favourite cocktail is a cranberry amaretto, although Long Island iced tea is also lovely. Deadly, but lovely. aemphysics at gmail dot com.

  76. elbi June 30, 2014

    I love a Mojito on a hot summers day. Nothing quite as refreshing as lime and mint. I love this collection as well especially the Martini dress.

  77. Sewing Princess June 30, 2014

    I will have a Spritz, please! I like the Cosmopolitan dress and Bellini shirt!


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