The Monthly Stitch is taking off like a rocket, and that is AWESOME! The three of us are so excited that you are all embracing our concept and we can’t wait to see your first challenge complete, and all those fabulous capes!

But…we thought we better get in before you lot 😉

Introducing your Editing Team: JulietMel and Kat modelling our fabulous Peppermint Magazine Capelets

I’m really lucky to have had the opportunity to sew with my good friend Sandra of Sewanista Studios, who drafted this amazing pattern.

It’s a free download so if you like it, you should grab it.

It’s a quick make too and uses hardly any fabric. The clever shoulder seam keeps the cape on your shoulders, no spinning around. Plus you can jazz up the closure with a fancy snap or button and what about making it reversible? Oh yes!

I’ll let the girls tell you more about their capes individually but here is a bit more about mine:

I used a beautiful and slightly fluffy wool check that I bought waaay back in July of 2011 for $20/meter at The Fabric Warehouse.

I reserved this for the Papercut Watson Jacket a little while ago but only just recently checked the yardage and realized I did not buy enough. I was sure I could squeeze it out of the 2.5 meters I bought, I am always up for a good cutting layout challenge, but then I remembered that it is a check, I would have no chance at pattern matching.

This is ok, because I found a replacement: A fabulous grey and hot pink houndstooth wool from Global-that-was (now known as The Fabric Store) during their 40% off sale. It’s going to be the cutest Watson ever.

For my capelet I only used about 0.70 meters so now I have enough left over for a skirt too. Yeah!

For the outer shell I cut the “sleeve” parts on the bias, partly because I knew they would never line up properly with the front but I also thought it would add some interest. Careful stay-stitching the entire outside edge kept them from stretching.

I lined my capelet with some satin I bought at The Fabric Warehouse Pop Up Store for $3/meter in March last year. I bought it because it made me think of a high class fashion brand, like Channel or something 😉

I followed the rest of the instructions exactly except for the fancy loop closure. Instead I extended my neck band about 1 centimetre each side and attached a pair of black snap fasteners, then I sewed a pretty button to the outside.

We took these photos in Palmerston North at the park in The Square with the help of Linda, aka Mama Gypsy.

We had the best weather and there is something about a group photo shoot that brings out the fun. I wish all my garment photo shoots could be just like this! 🙂

How are your cape plans coming along?

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  3. All of your capes are cute. I heavily considered the Peppermint pattern before doing a modified self-drafted. I am almost done…just need to clean up the trim some and add the buttons/buttonholes. Now it is 90 degrees here all week so finding a good place for photos that won’t cause a heatstroke may be a bit more challenging!


  4. I can’t wait for my final exam to be over, so I can start my cape!! Need fabric though, that’s always the hardest part for me, the right drape, thickness, feel, etc.


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  6. I love your capes, ladies! Mine is almost done. I’m making a 1951 Simplicity double layer capelet. I had to resize the pattern, and then travel 20 miles to get a bit of lace for the trim. Now, I’ll have to figure out what to wear with it, and have hubby take some pictures.


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