It's the start of a new year, and for Crew – our monthly sewing membership – that means the start of a new design concept for the coming 12 months! We're very, very excited about the "Stone Collection", a selection of beautiful + modern sewing patterns inspired by noble materials and the feeling of quiet luxury (an overused expression with an inspiring premise!), all designed to mix and match and build upon each other in a true capsule wardrobe. Think of it like a thoughtful and cohesive designer collection, released one piece at a time, all year long.
We are starting our capsule wardrobe with a true staple, something we are sure will quickly become an easy-to-throw-on favourite – the Onyx Pants! Designed for stable knit fabrics like Ponte, Onyx is what happens if your favourite sleek trousers and coziest sweatpants have a very sophisticated baby. Incredibly fast to sew and pinch-yourself comfortable, you can get Onyx in sizes 0-32 by joining Crew starting at just $12 USD a month! Read on to learn about our start-of-the-year special on annual Crew memberships for new members!
I started thinking about the design for Onyx when I heard about all the fashion girlies losing their minds over outrageously expensive stretch pants from brands like High Sport. Post-pandemic, I think we've all reconsidered our relationship with "hard pants", and I was inspired to design bottoms that looked polished and chic but felt as comfy to wear as a pair of leggings or sweats.
Onyx gets the assignment. Featuring a sleek high rise and vertical seams down the front and back leg, they owe their comfort to a hidden elastic waist. Sitting close to the body, Onyx fits somewhere between a legging and a stretch trouser, and includes two leg options. View A reminds me of a classic cigarette pant with a tapered leg that ends just above the ankle. View B is an on-trend cropped flare that hits below mid-calf. In all views, a topstitched vertical seam adds visual length whether you're coming or going.
Onyx is a dream styling piece. Of course, since it's only the first month of our capsule collection we couldn't pair it with any of the tops we have planned for Crew this year (get ready for some LEWKS) but we couldn't get over how fab it looked when sewn in:
- Grey Ponte + styled with a classic button-up for a chic spin on uniform dressing.
- Stretch fleece + a matching Mile End sweatshirt for what we called "Audrey Hepburn goes to the gym".
- Denim blue Ponte + a tank + Jasika blazer for a casual Friday moment.
- Brown Ponte + a Kalle top + heels for a dressed up yet effortless silhouette.
The entire CCP team is obsessed and I've been living in my own black pair with plans to make a half dozen more. I just can't get over how it works with everything from sweatshirts to blouses and tees. You'll be seeing a LOT more of Onyx this year as it lives up to its workhorse potential in our capsule wardrobe. Long live #secretsweats!
Onyx is available as a PDF pattern in both our 0-20 and 14-32 size ranges - you always get both with your monthly download!
Onyx Design Story
Still have questions? Learn more about the design of Onyx as I walk you through all the design features in the video below.
Suggested Fabrics for Onyx
We originally designed this pattern to work for double knits like Ponte, but we were very excited to find that it works just as well in mid-heavy weight stable knits like stretch fleece. It's important that the fabric have some heft and structure, and be able to stand up (literally) to the vertical seams. Look for fabrics with at least 50% crosswise stretch and good recovery.
We used my all-time favourite Ponte for these samples, and I highly suggest picking up some yardage or a complete Onyx kit at Core Fabrics. It is very difficult to find high-quality Ponte, and this particular one is also a more sustainable option as it's made with Ecovero viscose. It is also unbelievably soft and smooth with a beautiful heft and weight, and pills much less than typical poly blend Pontes (I've yet to see any crotch pilling in my own much-worn pair).
Don't forget - Unlimited members enjoy a standing discount at Core Fabrics! Get 15% off any order of fabric, notions, tools or kits in the shop for as long as you are an annual member. Now is the time to join and get all the fabric you need to make our back catalogue of patterns!
How to Sign up for Crew
We've simplified our Crew plans for 2024! We now offer one easy monthly Essential plan at $12 USD a month, perfect for dipping in and out as you please. We also levelled up our annual plan, and have a limited-time special offer for new members!
Whether you're signing up for the first time or renewing your plan, Unlimited continues to be our most comprehensive offering. At $144 USD for the year, you get access to our entire past Crew pattern catalogue (currently 12 patterns and counting!) You also get a standing 15% discount to Core Fabrics for as long as you are an active member – that means big annual savings on everything from fabric to kits and supplies. You also get 15% off everything in the Closet Core Patterns shop, including sewing classes, supplies + standalone print and PDF patterns. Best of all, this year we are introducing our exclusive Fit Concierge service! Gabby Brown is a gifted and experienced fitting expert and industry technical designer who works with many big fashion brands, and she is joining our team to help diagnose and solve all your thorny fitting issues! We are creating a special fitting area in our private forum where you can access Gabby’s help and wisdom. She will have weekly office hours where you can submit fitting problems – using any pattern, from any company – for her to help you solve. We know how challenging fitting can be, and we wanted to make it easier to get professional help from a true fitting expert when you need it, regardless of whether or not you are working with a Closet Core or Crew pattern.
And last but not least, for January only, we are offering a special promo for new members! The Yearbook Plan is your way to discover the perks of Crew AND get every pattern in this year's Stone Collection capsule wardrobe for one low price. You'll get all upcoming 12 patterns, including enrollment in our wonderful private Crew forum, for just $109 USD!
What you don't get with Yearbook is Unlimited-only perks like access to our past pattern catalogue, Closet Core + Core Fabrics discounts, or access to our new fitting concierge service. That said, it's a great deal and a great way to sew a capsule wardrobe along with us this year. Just note that our Yearbook plan is ONLY available during the month of January - the promotion and plan will not be available after January 31st. So sign our yearbook before then to save on a full year of Crew!
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 inspiration and helpful resources to get you started. 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.
We're so excited to see what you do with #ClosetCoreOnyx! Join today to get sewing!
(Please note that if you are signing up after January 2024, you'll only be able to access Onyx at the Unlimited level).