Behind The Scenes in Pictures #2

John Lewis Sewing Bee with Lisa Comfort

John Lewis Sewing Bee / thisblogisnotforyou.comMe and fellow sewing bloggers Roisin (Dolly Clacket), Fiona (Diary of a Chain Stitcher), Amy (Almond Rock), Clare (Sew Dixie Lou), Elena (Randomly Happy) and Emmie (My Oh Sew Vintage Life) spent Saturday at John Lewis Oxford Street, sewing up a storm together with the lovely Lisa, founder of ‘Sew Over It‘ at the John Lewis Sewing Bee (JL is celebrating their 150th anniversary!).

We all made a dress using the new collection of John Lewis 150 fabrics. Lisa helped us out with some sewing and fitting. We all had a blast and since we were just chatting away half of the time, no one finished their dress in time (except for Roisin of course, who sewed in super-speed mode, Dolly-Clacket-style). There will be a more detailed post with pictures later this week. In the meantime, here’s a glimpse of my as yet unfinished dress:
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Love at First Stitch

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I finally got my copy of Tilly’s new book. It directly moved from my wishlist to my bookshelf. At first I thought this book might be too basic and only for beginners, but I’ve already read it from cover to cover and absolutely loved it! The dress patterns are gorgeous and I already made a colour-blocked version of the Megan Dress which I wore on Saturday at the Sewing Bee.

Visiting Makegood Festival
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Last friday I was at the Makegood Festival and could check out some awesome new creative start-ups! Tilly was there, too, with the cutest stall on earth and I couldn’t resist getting a copy of the infamous Coco Dress. Makegood Festival //thisblogisnotforyou.comI also met the lovely Freya (Elise Patterns), who is launching her lingerie sewing patterns (hopefully!!) this week. I can’t wait to get hold of those knicker & Kimono patterns! Makegood Festival //thisblogisnotforyou.comI also really loved “Handmade by Bex” and bought one of her adorable hand-embroidered brooches! Aren’t they cute?Makegood Festival //thisblogisnotforyou.comMakegood Festival //thisblogisnotforyou.com

Sarah (Salt and Buoy) made these awesome linen cushions, embroidered with seaside scenes.

And…..the Fugglers!Makegood Festival //thisblogisnotforyou.com

And this notebook which I loved (for obvious reasons).Makegood Festival //thisblogisnotforyou.com

New Pattern in the Making

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Yep! While I’m busy with the sewalong for the Fairytale Cape, I’m already working on pattern #2, which I’m really excited about. Hopefully you’ll be, too. But you’ll have to wait a bit longer. 🙂

Twitter & Instagram!

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NYLon Blogger Meet Up at the V&A

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Source: Kitty Wong

NYLon2014 was two weeks ago and epic! I noticed that I forgot to take pictures of that day. Luckily, we had Kitty Wong, a professional photographer, take pictures of us. You can find them on Flickr.

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27 Dresses Challenge

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I finished my 27 Dresses Challenge! Ha! I’ve already fallen in love with a Janome overlocker I used on Saturday’s Sewing Bee…

Phew, after these past two weeks I’m absolutely exhausted! I took a break from sewing today (just pre-washing some fabrics), but I can’t wait to finish and show off my Sewing Bee dress. So sewing it is tomorrow, I guess. 🙂


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Make the Cape: Printing & Assembling the Pattern // Choosing Design Variations & Fabric

Hello! This is the first part of the Fairy Tale Cape sewalong. There will be quite a few sewalong posts coming up in the next few days/weeks. If you’re not sewing along, bear with me – I’ll try my best to throw in some other posts every once in a while! I have yet to figure out the schedule. I have quite a few finished garments that need to be photographed and blogged, but the sewalong will keep me pretty busy!

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Printing & Assembling the Pattern

Before printing the pattern and cutting your fabric, make sure you have read all of the
instructions included in the pattern file.

Before printing the complete pattern, please print the page with the Test Square first and measure if the sizing (4’’/10.2cm) is correct to make sure you are printing to scale. It is also important that your printing program is set on “Actual Size”. Do not scale the pattern (e.g. “Fit to Page”) as this will affect the sizing.

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I suggest leaving the pile of pages after printing as it is (without arranging all of the pages on the floor/table before glueing). To avoid mixing up the pages & getting confused by the numbers you can cut and glue the pages one by one as you go until you have reached the end of the pile. The pages are arranged in rows (you start assembling at the top/bottom working your way down/up).

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Trim the right and bottom edge of the paper off, cutting on the lines.Then start assembling the pages, either starting at the top or bottom of the pattern.

Match the numbered notches on the pattern sheets, aligning the grid lines.

Fairy Tale Cape Sewalong by thisblogisnotforyou.comDepending on whether you cut directly on or slightly next to the gridlines, some pattern pieces might not match exactly at the notches. That’s ok. Try to match the pieces as good as you can, orienting yourself on the grid and and pattern lines rather than the notches. Use the notches as a guide to match the right pages (they can be a bit off, as long as all the gridlines are parallel/perpendicular and the pattern lines are matched up).

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Tape/glue the sheets together and cut out the pattern (seam allowance is included).

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 Choosing Design Variations & Fabric

The simple cut of the cape allows for a range of variations. You can remove the hood, add buttonholes or arm slits, alter the hemline and play around with different fabrics and patterns. Fairy Tale Cape pattern by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Different versions may require a different amount of fabric or additional notions, so plan ahead before you start cutting into your fabric.

Neckline/Hood:

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I used plaid linen for this version.

For my latest version I decided to replace the hood by a Peter Pan collar. The hood is super cosy and adds a very romantic look to the cape, whereas removing hood or adding a collar gives it a more sophisticated or vintage look.

If you want to add a colllar or sew the cape without the hood, I recommend using wovens, as they are more stable and less likely to stretch out compared to knits. It’s only a recommendation – heavier knit-fabric will probably work as well. Just be careful not to distort the fabric.

You might also want to use fusible interfacing when using wovens. Without the hood, the focus will definitely be on the neckline of the cape, so you want to make sure it looks very neat.

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Paméla’s cape is made from navy knit fabric.

Front & Closures

When using knits/jersey you don’t have to worry about adding any closures to your cape. The neckline opening will the wide and stretchy enough for you to just pull the cape over your head like a tee. You can add buttons for some contrast, but this is completely optional.

However, when using wovens, I recommend adding actual buttonholes (if you are lazy, you can do this for top row of buttons only and skip adding lining). This will require the use of fusible interfacing and a lining or facing at the front. Think about these things and make a list of the materials you need before you start.

The placement and amount of buttons you use also has a big impact on the look of your cape.

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1. I used lightweigt knit fabric & 10 large buttons. 2. Rachael made her floor-length cape using velvet and only 2 buttons. 3. For this second version I used linen and added 6 buttons and 2 hidden snaps.

Hemline

Altering the length of the cape is pretty straight-forward. You can lengthen the hem by extending the front edge by a few cm/inches (see Rachael’s floor-length version here) and adding the desired amount to the marked hemline accordingly. The same thing applies to shortening the hem. Simply cut off the desired amount, cutting parallel to the hemline.

When adding extra length to your cape, consider that you will need a lot more fabric! (It’s similar to making a maxi circle skirt!) The cape is cut as a half-circle and adding a considerable amount of length will require getting a lot more fabric than stated in the fabric requirements. You might even need to add a center back seam in order to fit the altered pattern on you fabric.

Armslits

Adding armslits isn’t as hard as it might seem. I will guide you through the steps with detailed pictures.

Fairy Tale Cape Sewalong by thisblogisnotforyou.comArmslits don’t neccessarily require a lining, but for a more professional result I’d recommend adding one. The armslits are cut into the fabric at quite a late stage in the process. If your cape isn’t lined at all, you can even decide to add them at a later stage after the cape is finished. Adding armslits does not require much extra fabric, you can even use a different fabric in a contrasting colour.

Recommended Fabric

You can use both wovens or knits. I recommend wool, velvet, linen, heavy-weight knits or jerseys. Please note that the fabric choice will have a big effect on the drape of the cape.

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Made by: 1.Irene used black bouclé 2. Paméla used a navy linen  3. Berry used plaid wool 4. Lisa used light-weight brown linen (?) 5. Me with my red knit cape  6. Rachael used purple velvet 7. Me  and the plaid linen cape 8. Freya used grey wool and contrasting pink buttons
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Hannah’s very cosy version

 

If you want to wear the cape as a cardigan I recommend more light-weight fabrics, such as Jerseys or knits.

If you plan on wearing this cape instead of a coat, I recommend using a warm wool fabric. In this case the drape will also be much improved by adding a lining.
You can use stretch or non-stretch fabrics. When using non-stretch fabrics, I recommend adding actual buttonholes.

 

 

That’s it for today! Now it’s your turn to think about the design of your cape and what fabric you want to use for it.

To make it easier to visualise your ideas, I prepared a template which you can use to make a sketch of your design. Sometimes it helps to colour in a sketch or technical drawing of a garment to see whether certain colours or prints work or not. It might also help to figure out the buttons and shape of the collar.

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The next part of the sewalong will be coming this weekend and covers:

Drafting a Peter Pan Collar for Your Cape // Sewing the Collar


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The Gang’s Capes – Paméla

Fairy Tale Cape pattern by thisblogisnotforyou.comToday I’m featuring this wonderful navy blue Fairy Tale Cape made by Paméla, one of the lovely ladies who tested the pattern for me.

Fairy Tale Cape pattern by thisblogisnotforyou.comShe decided to make the cape without the hood and combined a navy knit fabric with 6 silver buttons.
Fairy Tale Cape pattern by thisblogisnotforyou.comI’m in love with this version of the Fairy Tale Cape! It is super elegant and navy blue is my favourite colour! Now I feel the need to make a copy of this version for myself!Fairy Tale Cape pattern by thisblogisnotforyou.comFairy Tale Cape pattern by thisblogisnotforyou.com

And thumbs up for striking the same pose as the lady on my pattern illustration – you are awesome, Paméla!

If you’d like to make your own version of the Fairy Tale Cape – you can download the pattern here!


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The Gang’s Capes – Hannah

Fairy Tale Cape by thisblogisnotforyou.comMay I present – Hannah and her gorgeous Fairy Tale Cape (she really looks as if she walked right out of a fairy tale)! You can read Hannah’s full review on the pattern on her blog Madewithhugsandkisses.com. You should also check out the awesome sewing machine tattoo she got last week (I’m a bit jealous)!

Hannah’s cape turned out to be super fabulous! Fairy Tale Cape by thisblogisnotforyou.comHannah used a dusty pink suiting style fabric for her cape and chose to line it with the “softest, fluffiest fabric you have ever felt”. It really does look very soft, fluffy and comfy, I have to say! And it goes so well with the dusty pink colour of the cape. I love how you can see the little fluffy furry bits at the hem and front of the cape. It makes it look so cosy!Fairy Tale Cape by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Such a beautiful cape! Thank you, Hannah! x

If you’d like to make your own version of the Fairy Tale Cape – you can download the pattern here!


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The Gang’s Capes – Berry

Fairy Tale Cape by thisblogisnotforyou.comBerry made her beautiful Fairy Tale Cape using a light wool and contrasting buttons.Fairy Tale Cape by thisblogisnotforyou.com

She chose to add real buttonholes and sew an invisible hem with her machine (very nicely done, Berry!).Fairy Tale Cape by thisblogisnotforyou.comI love the colour of the wool and the large hood drapes perfectly. The contrasting buttons are so cute and give the cape a slightly vintage-looking touch. Fairy Tale Cape by thisblogisnotforyou.com

I love your cape, Berry! Hope you love it, too! x

If you’d like to make your own version of the Fairy Tale Cape – you can download the pattern here!


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