I had Birthday Cake – a HUGE one, and now I’ve got a Birthday Cape too. As those of you who follow my Sunday Sevens will know I received a fabric gift for my recent birthday. After much head scratching, googling and input from my wonderful
imaginary blogging friends I decided to make the Woodland Stroll Cape from Oliver + S.
Suggested fabric include wool coating, wool melton, velveteen, moleskin and corduroy. Not sure of the exact make up of my fabric but there was definitely some wool content. I opted not to pre wash. Unusual for me, but my washing machine broke down a week yesterday so didn’t have much choice!
Here’s my birthday fabric bundle. Still not sure what the lips are going to be, maybe a pussy bow blouse. I’ve been wanting one for ages!
Once I’d set my heart on the cape I soon discovered I’d not got enough fabric – according the the fabric guide. 1 1/2 yards is needed, and I had 1 metre.
Here’s how the 2 pattern pieces look with the grannie in the right direction:
Ooops! It’s never gonna fit!
Then I thought about cutting the front pieces on the bias – and that fitted, maybe not quite at 45 degrees:
And then I had a flash of geniusism! (is there such a word!!?) How about I cut both pieces on the bias and create a centre back seam:
Yay!! It fit!! I didn’t worry myself with pattern matching – the vertical splurgy lines were so random that there didn’t appear to be any matching to do! (the above pieces are pre – tracing. This shows the biggest size – I cut mine out in a large (12-14) the 2nd to largest size – this might be helpful if you’re thinking of making one and wondering how much fabric you’ll need.
For the lining I manage to fit it on the 1m pieces.
The making up was plain sailing. Except for sewing the curve of the neckline. I’m not sure why it was so tricky. I felt like I could manoeuvre the fabric as it sewed – could this be because I was using my walking foot??
Anyway, several stitching lines later………
I think really I should have drawn the stitching line directing on to the fabric. I will next time!!
Stitching the lining to the front was a bit time consuming – be sure to use loads and loads and loads of pins, and unless you have a HUGE table you’ll need to do this on the floor – it takes up quite a bit of space.
I felt like I was making some sort of bat man cape at this point!
Pins galoure – thought I was going to have to call out and buy some more!!
More pins please!
Button holes…… after about 15 practice runs (no I’m not kidding) my machine stitched the real ones beautifully:
Once it has made one the machines instructions advises to hit start again and make another directly on top of the first. It makes a stronger button hole.
And the buttons… just love ’em! they about an inch and are shiny silvery metal. Bit heavy but ok on the wool.
And now for the best bit…… for you not me!! Was a nightmare trying to get some pix – workmen in the garden would think I was balmy and H’s mates due to arrive any time = nervous model and nervous photographer!!
Bright sunshine at one side of the garden makes my hair look orange!!
And in the shade at the other side it all looks a bit dull!
Gertrude wears it well though!
Overall I’m really pleased. I’d never have chosen this fabric myself so thankyou Tina for putting my out of my comfort zone!
Has anyone else had successes from fabric bought as a pressie?
PS apologies if there’s any spelling errors – dashing off to work now and not had time to read through it! Cheerio!