Thursday, February 13, 2014

A Solid Studio Day & A Houndstooth Cape

Yesterday morning, I went to Fabricland to pick out buttons for the cape because - even though I already have a million of them - of course I didn't have any in stash that were just perfect. It was a good thing that I went in the morning instead of putting it off until later because my friend Rosemarie came for four hours in the afternoon and my friend Wendy came for two hours in the evening. It was a solid studio day. Lots of fun. And in the end, the houndstooth cape was finished. Wendy called it that. She said this is houndstooth isn't it? So pretty. I usually hate houndstooth so it must be the colors.





I sewed the collar on with my usual method of stitching it from the inside, wrapping it around, and slip stitching it in place on the right side. I love how with this method the collar covers the hand stitching and if the front lays open at all, it's neat and clean. A fabulous trick and I have no idea where I picked it up.





The cape sits asymmetrical on the body and there's no way to really know where center back is so I marked it with a finished piece of the fabric. I'm not sure it's strong enough to be a hanging loop but it could be if necessary.





Here you can see how the collar sits slightly away from the shoulder. It's less obvious because of the pattern. If I made this pattern again, I'd dart that shoulder as I said yesterday. I doubt I'd make it again for me but it could be a gift idea for friends because everyone who has seen it has loved it. Apparently, it's like my new hair do - perky and fun. LOVED the compliments. Thanks so much.





I tried several different ways to bind the edge and in the end took a strip of the fabric, zigzagged each long edge, pressed it so one side was wider than the other and folded it over the edge with the wider side underneath and then zigzag stitched it in place around the inside and outside edge. It worked quite well.





Because the button I picked was larger than my capacity for making buttonholes, I sewed them on with black pearl cotton and then sewed snaps on underneath. There's no way to wear this cape unsnapped without it falling off your shoulders and if you only use one snap, the pattern will be skewed so in all likely-hood it will be worn done up.





The pattern is even and straight. YEAH - that took a lot of work. You can see how the binding wraps around to the inside and the blue lining. Black might have been better. I had blue. It's good and enough.





And here's the front. Done. As one of my friends pointed out, I tend to wear patterned garments on the bottom and plain garments on the top so I'll have to be careful what I wear it with but it'll be a fun change now and then. It's great to experiment with new shapes that you're not sure about if you can just enjoy the journey and realize that in the end you may or may not like it and it may or may not fit you. That's what I was teaching Rosemarie yesterday as we started working on her refashioning project. A few steps in, she got it. It was so fun to see the clicks happening and watch her enthusiasm. Such a compliment to be asked to help.

I think of teaching my friends as friendship but it's also a form of mentoring and I really believe in mentoring and in ways to support and encourage one another. Rosemarie asked me if writing the blog was giving away my secrets which made me laugh. Of course, you have to be careful what you say on-line and of course, our on-line conversations are only one part of the total picture but I'm so grateful for the blog and the opportunity to share what I love to do with so many. It's another gift in my life. And I do so love to talk about sewing ! ! ! ! !

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - the blog

31 comments:

  1. I love it. It turned out great. Thanks for the tip about the collar.

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    1. Thanks and you're welcome. I love the way that collar technique makes things so much neater especially on shirts.

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  2. Lovely item, and I quite like the funnel neck shape to frame your face. Can't wait to see this on you with accessories!

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    1. Hmm... accessories? Like new shoes. Oh yes, new shoes. That sounds just perfect. LOL. Possibly a bag. OH YES!

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  3. Looks fabulous and very you: the color, the asymmetry, the quilted lining. A great piece to add dramatic flair when that's what you want.

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    1. For perk me up days. I think it has that hi/low possibility with a nice pair of jeans and heels.

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  4. Your cape is gorgeous. What type fabric is this?

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    1. It's wool - a loose weave. Thanks.

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  5. The cape turned out great. Great job.

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    1. Thank you. I'm pleased with it too.

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  6. Really pretty! I especially love how the collar looks.

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    1. The funnel or the asymmetric? I have a couple garments with an asymmetric collar and I really like them. Somethigng slightly different.

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  7. It's beautiful! Well done. I like the navy lining, but I seem to shy away from black at all costs!!

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    1. My friend yesterday was showing me a turquoise top she wanted to refashion. She said she'd bought brown pants to - obviously - go with which made me laugh because I'd have bought black pants to - obviously - go with. Love our little differences. It makes us each so fun and unique.

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  8. It looks terrific! Can't wait to see it modeled.

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    1. LOL - why don't you come and try it on ? ? ?

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  9. It looks lovely and very wearable - the fabric is just scrumptious. Interesting that on the pattern version, their side corners (side seams meeting the hem area) went straight out to the sides whereas yours are nicely folded to the back making a less dramatic but also less wide overall look that is probably more flattering. Did you plan that?

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    1. It's quite a lovely fabric with nice drape. I think that's what makes the sides fold so nicely. I didn't plan it but it's a nice happenstance. For this version, the only seam there was on the original sewing plan was the center back seam - no sides - which I eliminated otherwise it's basically a rectangle split at the front with a collar - almost like a Christmas tree skirt.

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  10. This is a delightful garment. I really like the neck. It's very couture, I think. Maybe from the 60s. Flattering. I also like your neckline-finishing tip. The smaller the garment the louder the fabric can be, that's what I've figured out after many years of sewing. You have created a total winner here. I have the pattern and you have inspired me to make it. Alas our Fabricland does have fabric for $1/meter. I'll have to shop there next time I'm in Kamloops. The new haircut is great too. Now let's see this little beauty ON YOU! I enjoy your blog. Thank you very much.
    Barbara from Vancouver

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    1. Wonderful tip - the smaller the garment the louder the fabric. There's always a little tid bit that can stick with you. Another one I've carried around for a while is that your skirt should never be wider than it is long. Works like a charm. Your Fabricland doesn't have a bargain center? Most of the ones I've been to have 2, 3, 4, and 5 dollar bargain fabrics that then go on 50% off periodically. Quite often, the expensive fabrics end up in there because no one is willing to pay the prices even at 60 and 70% off. If not, definitely you should visit ours. Glad you like the haircut. I'll try and get a picture of the cape on me soon. Thanks for enjoying my blog and commenting.

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  11. You've created a beautiful garment, Myrna. I love the colour and pattern. Looks like a piece with personality.

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    1. LOL - thanks. I hope it's personality and mine can play nicely together. Too fun.

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  12. I've been having difficulty with Blogger since before Christmas. I am still unable to write a posting or reply to comments using Internet Explorer and am using Goggle Chrome which I don't like nearly as much. In the past few weeks, I've been inundated with anonymous spam - 1,000 in two weeks. Just now, a whole bunch of anonymous comments about a soap opera posted to the blog so I've turned off permission for anonymous comments. I'm sorry - I know this affects those of you who use that method. PLEASE let me know if you can't find another way. At the very least, send the comment to me privately and I can post it. This is SO annoying. I've noticed that quite a few people are switching to WordPress. That may have to be my solution as well.

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  13. What a lovely cape! The houndstooth fabric is so cheery. And thank you for the collar insertion tip; I'm going to try it out tomorrow.

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    1. Thank you... and I"m glad you get to use the collar tip right away. Let me know what you think.

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    1. Thanks. I'm quite pleased with it.

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  15. The cape tuened out so well! Love the way you 'saved' the crookedness...quilting like a Chanel-type jacket!

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    1. Thanks. I probably should have anticipated the stretch more since wool is so "good" for that and since it was such a loose weave BUT... the easing properties of wool did save the day and all is well and fun.

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