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« on: December 09, 2009 02:43:47 AM »

my daughter's winter pageant/christmas play/whatever you want to call it is tomorrow. today is a dress rehearsal....and no, she's NOT going as a volcano
(see http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=330375.0)

finally I am finished with the outfit.

my little miss santa. the dress was from a pattern out of a 1995 sewing magazine bought for 10p at a charity shop. the cape was a home-made pattern. ♥ pixie hoods lol!





and with her hand-warming "muff"


finally, a shot of one of my personal favorite bits. the dress has a proper rolled hem because it's velvet, then it has a faux underskirt made from broderie anglaise, and finally it has marabou trim.



this outfit has cost me about 15 plus one hell of a lot of hours work, but it's sooooo worth it. she's the only one in her class with a home-made outfit that I know of, and she's the only little miss santa lol!
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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2009 05:44:24 AM »

It's wonderful!  I love the cape and pixie hat especially!

Your daughter is adorable!
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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2009 06:26:11 AM »

That is too precious!  I'll bet she stands out in her pageant.

Would it be too silly if I made a grown-up cape like that?  It really is adorable!
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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2009 01:48:44 PM »

I love it.

Would it be too silly if I made a grown-up cape like that?  It really is adorable!

Nope!  I had a similar (but nowhere near as cool cape for my wedding) and it was lots of fun.  I fully recommend it. 
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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2009 05:12:34 AM »

That is too precious!  I'll bet she stands out in her pageant.

Would it be too silly if I made a grown-up cape like that?  It really is adorable!

'course not!!!! want me to put a tute on? it's super easy....
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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2009 07:36:11 AM »

Oh my, that is absolutely darling!!! Grin
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« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2009 09:32:40 AM »

That is too precious!  I'll bet she stands out in her pageant.

Would it be too silly if I made a grown-up cape like that?  It really is adorable!

'course not!!!! want me to put a tute on? it's super easy....


Oh, I would love a tute!  I have a daughter and this would be so cute for her.....
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« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2009 09:41:31 AM »

That is too precious!  I'll bet she stands out in her pageant.

Would it be too silly if I made a grown-up cape like that?  It really is adorable!

'course not!!!! want me to put a tute on? it's super easy....

Oh, yes, please!  It's still too cute for words!
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« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2009 08:08:33 PM »

I waaaant one!
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« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2009 10:29:09 AM »

ok, this will be acting as a tute.... I want you to begin by thinking back to your childhood, and imagining making snowflakes on construction paper. now imagine a pink fluffy elephant. cute isn't it? forget about the elephant. it's an irrelevant elephant.

for the cape, oyu need a piece of fabric which is square-ish and measures at least the same as your neck-elbow measurement from centre to one edge. does this make sense?!



ok, measure yourself from neck to elbow. done? good. get a piece of wool or string, tie one end on to a pencil or preferably, tailor's pencil. measure the string to the same as your neck-elbow length (pencil should be elbow end). cut string and put a dressmaker's pin through the neck end. set aside.

take square of fabric. fold in half, then in half again (RST; right sides together)to make a smaller square. put the pin through the string and put in roughly the centre of this fold. pull string taught, and draw a circle on the fabric using the pencil.

cut it along that line.



now make the string about 5-6" long, do the same drawing thing again from the same place. smaler circle this time, draw, cut etc.

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now fold out.

you should now have a wide circle cut out of the cloth, with a smaller circle cut out of the centre of that... cut a ctraight line from the outer edge to the inner. this will be the front of your cape.

hem the bottom edge and the cape front. the best way to do this is put it RSD (right side down) and fold over the first inch or so of the edge to hem. sew a running stitch, backstitch over that and sew as normal to begin. sew slowly, keep folding the fabric as you sew. it takes some practise, but it's fairly easy to get right. if you keep the fabric fairly tight, it's easier still.



now for the shaping.
drape over shoulders and pin at top of front opening to hold it in place... get someone you know/like/trust (preferably all three) to help you pin pleats in to the neck-line of the cape so that it drapes nicely.

run basting stitch along the inside neck edge to hold pleats, remove pins, fold over and hem. like you did the bottom hem. remove basting. sew on ties/clasp/velcro/make a button hole/whatever....

that is the basic cape. a hood is fairly easy, copy one you've already got lol!

hope this helps.
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