I Want One, Too!

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I have finished the first cape. It took me 4 1/2 hours. ( I spent 30 minutes of that time struggling with my serger. Apparently I own a model that re-threads itself the wrong way while sewing…Grrrrr!)

As it turned out the pattern consists of only 2 pieces: one for the hood and one for the body. The 4 panels have all the same shape.  The cape is gathered around the neckline, but the hood is fully lined and pleated. So pretty! 

I have to admit I am quite smitten with my cape. I wish it was in fashion. I can see myself wearing it proudly, combining it with a Gandalf-like hat and sturdy lace up boots. I bet, I could accomplish a lot wearing that outfit!

Sadly, it is not mine to keep…. (Considering that my son is already embarrassed by my new off-the-shelf rain boots, that might be a good thing!)

 Now I have two more to sew: one in red and one in blue. And no, I have not started my Christmas baking yet.

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Trepidation

In a few weeks my children will perform A Christmas Carol in their school and a sign-up sheet was handed out in order to find parent helpers.

I looked at it and saw, that they needed help with the costumes. I decided to sign up. I love to help, I can sew, but the question is always, will I be able to get it all done? ( This is where my little “problem” comes in: I always think, I can do it and always underestimate the amount of time it will take…)

On Tuesday I got my assignment. I have to sew 3 velvet capes for the narrators to wear. We have already bought the fabric: 6m each!

I do not have a pattern, but I have one cape I am supposed to copy. It is beautifully done. It consists of 4 panels and has  shoulder shaping. It is gathered around the neck and has a large lined hood. The edge of the hood is decorated with a white feather boa.  

Yesterday I  started to trace the pattern on tissue paper, which I had to glue together, because the cape is so large. When I examined the cape I discovered something weird: All the inner seams are sewn by hand, only the hem and front is machine stitched. Why? I know about the problem of ironing velvet, but not about machine stitching it. Hmmm….

Oh, and I got another call, I was asked, if I could sew curtains for the girls change room. No rush! ( It is time to deal with my “problem”,  isn’t it?) I guess, it could be worse: I could be asked to mend something!