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How We Wear It: Capitol Hill by Straight Stitch Designs

By Allie

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During the winter months, I lounge a lot. Short, wintry days just feel better spent snuggled up on the couch with a hot cup of tea and comfortable clothing. You can generally find me lounging in a few different clothing items: raglan tees and joggers or knit dresses. This winter I've been all about the Out and About Dress and the Ballet Dress, with a pair of Sew Simple Leggings layered underneath.

There's something about a knit dress that is just so incredibly cozy, but still feels put together. Knit dresses sew up in a snap and are easy to fit most body types. Knit dresses are the epitome of easy in the sewing world. And there's a fabulous, new knit dress in town: The Capitol Hill by Straight Stitch Designs. It is perfect.

From the designer of the Ravenna and the Ballard, comes a new pattern with more options than we can keep track of. Kimberly designed the Capitol Hill as a knit dress or tunic with a front double pleat detail. The pattern also includes two sleeve options and three skirt options. You can incorporate a woven fabric in the different skirt options for even more versatility.

Capitol Hill Front | Indiesew Style Posts

I sewed my first Capitol Hill as a gathered-skirt dress and I love the fit. I used the elastic method for gathering the skirt waist and I'm smitten with my evenly spaced gathers. My skirt is shorter than what the pattern calls for because I had limited fabric yardage.

Capitol Hill Side and Back | Blog

I used a soft, heather grey jersey for this dress with ample two-way stretch. The fabric is mid-weight so it provides great drape and isn't as clingy as a tissue knit might be. Any drapey mid-weight knit will work great for the bodice of this dress.

Capitol Hill Knit Dress | Double Front Pleat

I know I'll be wearing this dress in fall, winter and spring because it's perfect for layering. Today I'm showing you how I'm wearing it for our weirdly warm Colorado weather.

Capitol Hill Dress Style Post |

I wear my Capitol Hill with a pair of leggings and layered under a structured jacket with a scarf. Here, I'm wearing the Commuter Cowl for a pop of color. This outfit works great for errands around town, casual office attire, or a happy hour out with friends.

You can make your Capitol Hill a bit more formal by sewing a half or full circle skirt, both options included in the pattern. Pair it with tights, pumps, and a blazer for a night out to dinner.

If you've made a Capitol Hill, we'd love to see it! Upload your creation and share some inspiration with the sewing world. Take a look at the different Capitol Hill variations users have shown us so far!

Do you love these style posts? Tell us in the comments which patterns you'd like us to style next!

Happy sewing!

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