Francesca from Would I Wear it in Paris here.
The cape coat is making progress. It really is! I mean I haven’t actually cut into the cloth, or even the interlining. In fact, I don’t even have a complete pattern yet–but almost!
The fabric and buttons are all collected. The velveteen is from Fabric Mart, but I dragged myself up to Joann’s (which I really don’t like) for the lining, and crazily enough found some great buttons for it, so I am thrilled.
I am afraid the buttons are leaning towards steampunk which I really don’t want, but the cape part is modest enough so hopefully it won’t go too much in that direction.
I started with Burda 12/2012 #104, the long wool coat. It has the princess seams I want and a skirt attached to the bodice which I cut down for a shorter jacket. I drafted a shoulder cape for it and am working on a collar pattern piece.
Also it has pockets!
The other is; extracting the pattern! They come three ways; you can buy a paper pattern at a fabric store with seam allowances and everything, you can buy the magazine and trace a pattern from the tangled mess of the pattern page, or you can download a pattern from the website and fritter away your youth taping pages.
The one I am working with is downloaded and taped (and taped and taped). The trick is to first make certain you are printing only the pages you need. They sometimes have pattern pieces from other styles than the one you are making.
The other trick is to find the pages with, say, the sleeve piece and tape that together, then tape the
pages with the bodice, and so on. Don’t tape 40 pages together then start cutting out the pieces from there. That’s just crazy-making.
That’s all for now, dear friends. Stop by my blog for a peek sometime. Before I go, here is a gratuitous cat butt picture.