Who's ready to feel gorgeous? The Graphite Dress + Top is the October pattern for Crew (our monthly pattern + sewing membership) and it is the perfect, sexy staple to take you into Fall and spooky season, feeling hot as a witch's cauldron...
Join Crew starting at $10 USD a month to get Graphite in sizes 0-32!
We aim to make elevated basics at CCP and that is especially true with Crew. That said, sometimes we just have to push out of our comfort zone and try new styles, and we are getting our groove on with this form-fitting pattern! Graphite is an on-trend design with timeless appeal. The asymmetrical neckline is completely unexpected and puts a very fresh spin on an otherwise classic silhouette - it also puts all the focus on your clavicle, a sadly unappreciated body part. Justice for the clavicle!
While the body-hugging silhouette is perfect for layering under jackets or wearing alone as a body-con dress, we definitely wanted to add a top option. It is a sneaky workhouse tucked into pants, and we had a lot of fun styling it up in a variety of looks in a Crew-exclusive video. We're also excited to debut a new sewing technique! RTW garments like this tend to be finished with tricky knit bias using specialty machines, so we developed a method using humble fold-over elastic that gives you the same stability and clean finish without a fancy industrial sewing machine. We think you'll really enjoy learning this finish, and may want to apply it to future knit projects!
Graphite is a sophisticated yet comfortable addition to your wardrobe that makes you feel like you can keep up with the you-know-whos but still feel like yourself. Give this pattern a whirl, we promise you'll fall in love.
Graphite is available as a PDF pattern in both our 0-20 and 14-32 size ranges - you always get both with your monthly download!
Graphite Design Story
Still have questions? Learn more about the design of Graphite as I walk you through all the design features in the video below.
Graphite is designed for midweight stretch knit fabrics with excellent recovery and at least 50% crosswise stretch, such as cotton-spandex jersey, and viscose- and bamboo-spandex blends. We made two of our samples in a ribbed fabric and loved how it helped to smooth out VPLs (visible panty lines) and the odd lump and bump. It also adds some great vertical striping which is always an elongating illusion to pull out of your arsenal.
Core Fabrics have put together kits for Graphite wherein you can choose whatever colour of fabric you would like! Simply select your fabric choice from either the top or dress view and they'll include the elastic and matching thread colour!
How to Get Graphite
Like all Crew patterns, Graphite is only available when you sign up for Crew! Subscribe at the monthly level with Essential or Plus to get it (you can cancel at any time), or sign up for our annual Unlimited plan and get Graphite along with the other 9 Crew patterns we've released this year so far, plus 11 more months of patterns! So many patterns!
(Please note that if you are signing up after October 2023, you'll only be able to access Graphite at the Unlimited level).
This Month in Crew
With a Crew membership, you get access to so much more than just a pattern. Each month, we curate a theme page with an inspiration board and curated resources to help you assemble your pattern. You also get access to our private forum, whether you're looking for fitting or sewing help, or just want to chat about sewing with like-minded folks.
For Plus and Unlimited members this month we have an exclusive sewing tutorial for how to sew the neckline of Graphite and a live event where we will be looking back at our fave DIY costumes from years past and give you some easy, fun ideas for sewing up something for a last-minute Halloween party!
We're so excited to see what you do with #ClosetCoreGraphite! Join today to get sewing!