2013 ESSENTIAL TOPS SEW-A-LONG FINISHED PROJECTS

January 15, 2017

VOGUE 8959 IN PROGRESS...

...it always takes me a while to get started on a "big" project.  I finally got down to work on the Vogue cape I'm making for my Mother.  It's not a hard project at all, just a whole lot of fabric to deal with at one time - 5 1/2 yards.

The fabric had already been prepped so I was able to cut on Friday. Then I thread traced/marked and started construction on Saturday.  I also drafted 4 new pattern pieces (a two piece bias under collar - trimmed 1/4" smaller than the upper collar to facilitate turn of cloth,  a collar stand for interfacing (so the collar would fold over better,  back neck facing and front neck facing). 
Today I finished construction of the outer shell:  pad stitched the two piece under collar, applied the  collar stand interfacing and hemmed.  Sheilaz_CKT saved the day (and my Mother's cape) by advising me to stabilize each of the cape's 6 long seams with 1 1/2" strips of interfacing because the cape had actually started to grow (stretch) in length.  Wonderful advice - thanks a bunch Sheila!
This cape is a whole lot of area to hem.  Thank goodness I have this Pin Skirt Marker tool to assist me.  It really made marking much, much easier and quicker.  Tomorrow I will work on the lining that will be attached to the newly drafted front facing/front neck facing and the back facing, and hopefully make the 3 buttonholes.

Hope everyone had a wonderfully productive sewing weekend!!!

13 comments:

  1. Your mom is going to love it and loving the lining colors.. You are so welcome.

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    1. The interfacing you suggested was a wonderful idea. I never would have thought about it.

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  2. Your mom is going to love it and loving the lining colors.. You are so welcome.

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  3. Nice faye...that gonna be fab.

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    1. Thank you so much Andrea!

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  4. Your mom will love this cape. Love all the work you are doing.

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  5. I'm so looking forward to seeing the final cape. Your mom will love it.

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  6. I have that pattern too:) I am looking forward to your big project. I can't wait for seeing it!

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    1. Eli I'll post as soon as it's finished.

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  7. It is coming along quite nicely. Great idea on drafting those extra pattern pieces.

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