For the past 3 years, I have been doing the sew along posts for Sew News Magazine. It has been a wonderful opportunity. Along the way, I have made new friends, and discovered some wonderful independent pattern companies. The upcoming sew along will be my last...at least for Sew News :)
Although the last, this is a great one, the Super Express Cape from Islander Sewing Systems.
Depending on your fabric choice, this cape is perfect for cold weather, rainy weather, or just a cool day. The arm slots have been strategically placed so that you are still free to move, drive a car, and carry packages, especially important at this time of year :)
The design of the cape also lends itself to lots of options. I decided to accent the top of the cape by using a faux fur. The bottom is a panne velvet.
The back of the cape does not have a seam as you see with mine below, but the pattern can easily be customized. There are 2 versions of the cape, one features a generous hood, the other a stand collar. I LOVE the hood!
The arm slots are quite easy to sew, and are placed so that the hands can easily slide into the in-seam pockets. The pockets are deep and generous, so a great place to hide a pair of gloves, or anything that you may need to quickly grab.
When down, the hood lays beautifully around the neck.
What I especially like about this pattern is that it can be made by any sewist at any level. There are no sleeves to insert, and if you are a little intimidated by buttonholes, snaps will make a wonderful alternative.
With my cape, I decided to go all out and use this fabulous silk lining.
The sew along will begin next week, and to kick this one off, Janet Pray, the designer and master mind behind Islander Sewing Systems is offering 3...yes, 3 free patterns!!! How exciting!!!!!!
I will draw the winning names on Monday, December 5, 2016.
If you would like an opportunity to win one of these fabulous patterns, just leave a message here on the blog by midnight CDT Sunday, December 4th.
As I said, the cape goes together quickly, so it would make great gifts, perfect for this time of year!
A big, big thank you to Janet for this very generous giveaway.