Monday, November 30, 2015

A Pattern Hidden in Plain Sight

Oh my! I cannot believe I almost missed this one! Have you been so focused on one pattern element that you completely ignore another? That was me with Simplicity 1008.

 Simplicity Misses’ Fantasy Costumes - Size: HH (6-8-10-12) - Pattern: 1008
I bought this pattern earlier this year for the tulip hem dress and recently considered the maxi dress for the Renaissance Festival. It wasn't until last week when I was putting the pattern away did the cape catch my attention. How could I have missed this? I love the silhouette of this cape and the potential for a reversible option. I been looking for a pattern to showcase more of my Ankara Dutch Wax fabric and thought this would be a good match.


 The reverse side is nice too!


Here is a quick review of the pattern.

Pattern Description: 
This medieval fantasy costume is designed for travel and adventure. Pattern includes floor length gown, high low day dress and close fitting knee length cape with hood. 

Pattern Sizing:
I made the size 10

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
It looks like the line drawings, but I think the cover photo gives the illusion of pleats or gathers.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The instructions were easy to follow, but I did not use them. I made this reversible, so I made two complete capes and stitched those right sides together leaving an opening for turning. I then flipped it through the opening and top stitched the entire edge. For the neck closure, I made two covered button and sewed them shanks together on one side. For the other side, I attached a cord loop.

Making covered buttons

Buttons attached back to back 

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I bought this for the dresses, but the cape is underrated.

Fabric Used:
Ankara Dutch Wax for side A and a green linen look for side B. 

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I have recently made too many cold weather pieces for someone who lives in Texas! I will not likely make this cape again. But I would recommend it.

This one should not be in the costume section or it will be overlooked. It was fast to sew and the shaping is fun and interesting. The shape makes it a good candidate for reversibility because the other side is not glaring when worn.

I have vowed to use the Ankara fabric in my stash before allowing myself more. I am pretty happy with this make and love my use of the fabric. Now I am free to get more ;-p

Happy Sewing,


  1. Yup, I woulda missed the cape pattern too. Love your wax fabric choice, sometimes the prints are a little much for my taste, but I ♥ this one.

    You look so happy in it!

    1. Thanks ElleC! I agree, the prints are a bit bold for some. It is always a risk for me, but I figure, what's the worst that could happen? :)

  2. It really is the perfect silhouette to showcase the fabric. I too would have overlooked the pattern. Bet you make another! There's so much you can do with the pattern.

    1. Thanks Rhonda! I think I may actually make another :)

  3. LOVE the fabric! This is a great use for it.

    1. Thanks Lisa. I really wanted to maximise the print and make something I could wear often.

  4. Love how you made the cape reversible. Beautiful colors too and I love the print.