Ok, so I have a formal banquet at a forensics tournament.
It was going to be very fun, and I had a formal all picked out, only one problem:
The formal is spaghetti strapped. I'm not particularly comfortable with spaghetti straps, and as it happens, neither was the forensics league, who said any dresses with spaghetti straps must be covered with something.
I didn't want to be lugging fabric around all night, so I devised this nice little cape.
I orginally wanted to buy one, as I liked the designs of the fur ones, but I didn't like the fur.
Thus, decided to make one.http://img259.imageshack.us/img259/7551/10015575db.jpg
I made a large circle out of newspaper. I roughly calculated by measuring around my shoulders, and added several inches for flowy-ness. I then got a needle or some such long pointy object, attached a string, attached a pencil to the other end, and swung the pencil around (had the tape several pieces of newspaper together, so be warned if you decide to use NP)
Then, using the newspaper as a pattern, I cut a circle out of a blue sheet.http://img266.echo.cx/my.php?image=10015585se.jpg
then, I folded the circle into eigths. This is also a great way to trim it, but I folded it so cut a neckhole. I measured around the base of my neck, added two or three inches for openness, and calculated how much I'd need to cut off the tip of the circle. Remember, cut it a little smaller, because you can always cut it bigger if you need to, but cut it too big and there's no going back.
so now my shawl looks like this:http://img266.echo.cx/my.php?image=circlewithholeshawl5rx.png
At this point, I went to my fabric. I cut the fabric using the circle with a hole as a design.
After cutting, I neede an opening (after all, I don't want to wear it like a big frilly collar
I folded it in half and cut along the fold. no big deal, right?
well, I want it to open up, and expose the front of my dress, since the front of my dress had a pretty design. So, using a dinner plate, I rounded the edges.http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/2702/cutshawl2re.png
cutting along the red edges, so that it was rounded in the front. You can round as much as you want, it's almost IMPOSSIBLE to mess this thing up (believe me, I'd have messed it up if there was any way to
So now, my shawl looks something like this:http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/3596/10016239sv.jpg
I thought as I looked at it, yes, it's quite pretty, though I think the edges are a little too ...flat. But there was nothing I could do about it.
Until I went to sew it.
Mom ended up sewing it, as our only sewing machine hates me with every little cog and wire within it. She sort of hemmed/serged it, with a ton of stitched per inch. She sewed it with so many stitched per inch that when it came off the machine I adored it.
The edges had frilled up and looked absolutely PERFECT! I sewed white organza ribbon to it, for a tie.
I now adore the thing wtih every fiber of my being and wear it everywhere I can.
I'm going to make a few more, perhaps sell a few, just because they are so cute, and WAY more easy than the instructions sound!
current pic of my little cape(thie pictures do the beautiful fabric absolutely NO justice):http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/4291/10018423yb.jpg
EDI: gaw! I've given up posting pics. here are links instead