My Capsule Wardrobe: City Break eBook



Welcome to our very first eBook, My Capsule Wardrobe: City Break! A collection of five gorgeous patterns, sew a capsule wardrobe perfect for any city break trip. A versatile denim skirt, essential jersey top, stylish shirt dress, must-have skinny jeans and a beautiful waterfall-front coat, this book contains five patterns that will take you from day to night, in any city. Whether you’re off to Rome, NYC, Madrid or Paris (especially Paris!), your holiday wardrobe is sorted. And these pieces are so interchangeable; your hand luggage is bound to approve! Let’s meet the patterns…

Erin Skirt
Based on the iconic Alexa Chung-style denim skirt, the Erin Skirt is a versatile, stylish staple. It’s high-waisted with a classic button-down front, and comes with two options for length. Go short and cute for a more casual look, or timeless and elegant with the knee-length option.

Molly Top & Dress
A staple in any wardrobe, a basic jersey top is always a must-have on any city break. Style it up with a breton stripe, or colour block for a more funky look. The perfect pattern to try sewing jersey for the first time, Molly will be a hit with anyone who likes a quick, satisfying sew. What’s more, make it in a heavier ponte di roma jersey and Molly makes a perfect casual dress.

Alex Shirt & Dress
Two-in-one, the Alex Shirt Dress is a versatile, classic pattern that will take anyone seamlessly from day to night. Although always loose and comfy, this pattern can look completely different depending on fabric choices. Made in linen, the shorter Alex Shirt is ideal for exploring the city in the daytime. But choose a lightweight crepe, viscose or georgette and you have a glamorous, knee-length evening shirt dress, perfect for that special restaurant.

Mia Jeans
A quintessential pair of skinny jeans, Mia is the perfect pattern for jeans newbies. High-waisted with a front fly and back pockets, they are fun and interesting to sew as well as being flattering, stylish and chic. The Mia Jeans will be worn again and again.

Lola Coat
Lola is a stylish yet comfy waterfall-front coat that you can throw on over any outfit! Make it short or long, and choose to wear it open or nipped in with a belt. The Lola Coat can be made to suit any season: in a lightweight crepe it would be perfect for a summer evening cover-up, or choose a drapey wool for keeping warm in the winter. Lola is an everyday wardrobe essential.


See the Sew Over It team’s City Break makes!
We sewed up our favourite patterns from the City Break eBook, and we’re talking you through them over on our YouTube channel!

The patterns in My Capsule Wardrobe: City Break are sized from a UK 8 – 20. Click here to download the sizing charts and fabric requirements for all patterns.


What level is the City Break eBook aimed at?
There is something for everyone in this book, whether you’re new to dressmaking or an absolute sewing whiz. Start off gently with the Erin Skirt and Molly Top and build your skills as you go. The Alex Shirt Dress is perfect for shirt-making newbies; as it doesn’t have a collar stand or cuffs it can be tackled by any confident beginner. The Mia Jeans and Lola Coat take the level up a notch, but with clear instructions, step-by-step photographs and relatively simple construction, they’re not too daunting or scary. We reckon after you’ve had a go, these patterns will become wardrobe staples in no time!

What is an eBook?
An eBook is a digital book, designed to be viewed on a computer, laptop or tablet. Much like a PDF pattern, once your order is placed you will immediately and automatically be redirected to your Sew Over It account, from where you will be able to download your eBook.  The eBook is 93 pages long, and comes in PDF format. You will also receive all five patterns in tiled PDF format AND copyshop format, along with the corresponding layplans and sizing charts. To make it easier for you, each pattern comes as its own file. The tiled A4 and US letter patterns are designed to be printed at home on a home printer, while the A0 files are designed to be printed large scale. There are eight A0 pages in total for the City Break patterns. If you have never used a PDF pattern before and don’t know where to begin, see our Guide to Assembling PDF Patterns over on the blog.


Making an Erin, Molly, Alex, Mia or Lola (or all five!)? Don’t forget to share your makes with #soicitybreak.

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