To celebrate, I thought I should sew up a really classic, as-is version of the pattern to show you all why I like it. That was the intent – but somehow I found myself lengthening the skirt, adding a cut-out, and then tossing in a bow for good measure! So here it is, my not quite classic Comino Cap!
So, what’s so great about this pattern?
Let’s start with the bodice. It has a perfect scoop neck that isn’t too low or too wide, and the scoop in the back makes it a bit more feminine than a classic skater dress. The front bodice is drafted with more length than the back, so it accommodates a bust. The cap sleeves finish at a diagonal, which I find flattering on the arms. Best of all, the wider shoulders mirror the skirt, and create an illusion of an hourglass figure!
The skirt is a gentle a-line, which I’ve stuck onto pretty much every dress bodice I’ve ever sewn. I find this shape feels more modern than a 1/2 or full circle skirt, but it still has enough fullness to hang nicely. It doesn’t use much fabric, and it never blows up in the wind!
Finally, the pattern has a t-shirt variation, and a colour-blocked bodice option. It works in a variety of stretchy jerseys, including cotton lycra, rayon, and ITY and even ponte!
Here are some (not all!) or my versions through the years:
As you can tell, I love to experiment with this pattern as a base! It’s my #1 most reliable pattern, and with only 4 pieces plus bands, it sews up in no time. I made this blue version in about an hour and a half.
For this version, I initially planned a cut-out neckline… but once it was sewn, I thought it looked a bit out of proportion. I’ve been admiring clothes with a tie at the neck, so I recut a much long neckband and put it on. (Here’s the strategy I made up on the fly: Pin to neckline. Serge from one end of the ties, around the neckline, and back down the other tie. Coverstitch the same way, folding the serged seam allowance along the tie. Done!) Along the way, the neckline did get more stretched out than normal, so I do have to wear this with the right bra!
- lengthened the skirt 3″ (because I’d noticed some older versions look a bit short)
- used FOE at the waist, which wasn’t tight enough, so I’ll have to go back and fix it
- I always sew a size up because I like the blouson effect and extra ease
- last summer I retraced a larger size, so this is a size up from my older makes. Mostly I needed more room for the bust – but all my old ones still fit and get worn!
I bought this rayon jersey a month ago on my last fabric shopping trip… so now that it’s sewn, I get to go fabric shopping again, right? (I’m not joking. I literally sewed this fabric up so I would feel less guilty about buying more!)
Has anyone else tried this pattern? Have I convinced you it might work for you? I’d also love to know what pattern holds a similar place in your heart – I’m always looking for new TNTs!