|Looks innocent and NOT HUGELY GIANT here, LOL|
And by hard work, I mean that I cut the outer cape pieces a couple months back, and they've been sitting, gathering dust, as I had no lining fabric to match, and I must have some sort of silk/cotton-silk as a lining in this sort of project. As lack of luck would have it, Mill End had NO cotton-silk blends in stock that were wide enough for this pattern - as you can see, it's QUITE voluminous (let's not beat around the bush here, people). Granted, I cut a size 5, for some reason, but I do wish the pattern had overall better shaping, including in the neckline. A size 3 would fit better, as long as the neckline was lower and the chest was big enough around. The top of the back, though, seems quite snug, so, I don't think the size 3 would have fit well in that department.
The pattern is the Cape Dress (not sure of exact name - too lazy to go look!) by DMKeasywear (Dear My Kids) on Etsy. I'd link the exact pattern, but I haven't seen that particular one in the shop for a while. (Is there a reason for that????) I HAVE done one other DMK pattern at this point - this one, and I do love it:
Anyway, it's generally a quick sew, though I naturally made it take longer by not using my cabeza and sewing the hem in a way such that I couldn't turn it right side out. No idea what I was thinking there - so...had to take out the 3853976 stitches and re-do it. The wool didn't press too badly, and the silk was lovely enough to work with, so, all was well. I'm not normally a HUGE BOW person, as many know, but eh - it'll work for this. If I'd known THEN what I know NOW, I would have done a size 4, for REALZ, and I would have scooped out that neckline a bit more. It's intensely high/tight. I'm not sure that doing a size 3 would have worked - not sure if the chest circumference would have fit Camden.
The pattern itself, besides being quick, is written well and is super easy to understand! I also think the pattern pieces are done well - that is something I appreciate, as I'm not a huge pdf person.
Here it is in all its gloriousness ;)
|Don't be toooo afraid of this volume, y'all!|
And how about this cuteness after story time yesterday??? This is Camden's friend, and they were racing around, getting a bit more energy out, naturally :)