Monday, March 25, 2013

Little Hooded Cape

On a jaunt to High Fashion fabrics in Houston, I found Simplicity 8356 from Shirley Botsford Designs, in the discontinued $1 bin! It got My Little Miss all excited about the possibilities for dress up and me thinking about a winter cape. It is not a typical coat, but with  the volume of the cape, I believe it will keep her warm.

My sister and her darling daughters were visiting so I thought I would make capes for them too. I delved into my stash to find fabrics. I gave them options and they made the design choices for inside of the cape.

My Little Miss loves to twirl, dress up, Dora and the color pink! She loves her new winter cape!

I have also made two more capes for a parent at Little Misses' Mom day Out. She choose some great fabric combinations. I have added a covered button over the hook and eye closure for added interest. Here are those pictures:

Here is my review of Simplicity 8356

Pattern Description:
Child’s Costumes: A-Dress, Overlay, B C D- Vest, B D-Blouse, B- Shirt and Apron, C- Blouse D- Skirt and Cape

Pattern Sizing:                        
3, 4,5,6,7,8
I made 2 size 4 and one size 8.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, the shape, but I modified the rest.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked everything about it. In Texas, it does not get too cold for too long. I love that I can toss this on my Little Miss and go. No fussing with zips, snaps and such when getting in and out of the car and her car seat.

Fabric Used:
A wrinkle free, water-resistant, home dec. fabric from my stash for exterior. A Dora printed cotton for the hood interior.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I lined the hood with a print. I omitted the ties and opted for a button and hair tie for the closure.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I actually made three at the time; one for my Little Miss and two for my nieces.  I would recommend it. Little Miss gets complements every time she wears it. It is not for shy girls! I have requests to make it for others.

Great for our mild winters and after, great for pretend play.

No comments:

Post a Comment