I needed a break from all the quilting I’ve been doing, so I thought I would tackle this super simple cape from Butterick (#5819). The cape is unlined and the edges are unfinished, perfect for the quirky reversible boiled wool/lace fabric in my inventory. There are only 4 seams and 3 pattern pieces so I thought this would be a 3 hr romp, max.
Ah, but my romps are never romps, they always get complicated, sigh. I ended up cramming this 3 hour project into 12 hours.
If you would like to make this charming cape and stretch it out into a 12-hr+ project, follow these directions carefully:
- After cutting your fabric out, carefully fold all the pattern pieces and replace in the envelope-this pattern is so easy you won’t need to refer to them.
- Cut out 2 pieces even though the pattern clearly states “Cut 1”.
- Because you have too many pieces, spend 45 minutes sewing and unsewing the wrong seams together. Blame the pattern.
- Retrieve the carefully folded pattern pieces from the envelope and study them.
- Sew the seams correctly and check the look. Discover that the fabric has a directional texture after all and one piece has been cut incorrectly.
- Cut another left side, using the correct orientation.
- Carefully fold up the pattern pieces again and replace in envelope-now you really know you won’t need them again.
- Resew and discover that one seam is 3/4″ longer than the other.
- Retrieve the carefully folded pattern pieces and compare. Note that it is the pattern, not you.
- Cut 3/4″ off of the left side piece.
- After you have constructed and sewn the collar, decide you want the collar to contrast. Cut out the new collar twice-because you got it wrong the first, er second time.
- Ignore the directions to “edgestitch”, thinking you have a better plan. Use the button hole stitch to finish the edges.
- After you have button hole stitched all the edges of your collar, notice how “happy-hands-at-home” it looks.
- Spend 1 hr trying to rip out the button hole stitch. Decide to take your loss.
- Cut out yet another collar and edgestitch…like the pattern said.
- Time to do button holes. Search for owner’s manual on how to do them-it should be on the night stand where it always is (yes, I read my owner’s manual before bed sometimes!).
- Spend 1 hr looking for the owner’s manual.
- Spend 1 hr researching the internet trying to find out how to use your button hole foot.
- While researching, download a virus-laden source for how to use it. Discover the virus-laden source was incorrect.
- Call Tech Support (aka Son #2) to remove the virus from computer.
- Call the local Bernina dealer and arrange an emergency session on how to use the button hole foot.
- On the way out the door, find the Owner’s Manual (in the most recent “logical place” to put it-the basket by the door).
- Cancel the Bernina dealer.
- Consult the Owner’s Manual and realize it’s not you, it really is the foot-it’s malfunctioning.
- Decide to do hand-worked button holes-they’re gorgeous! Consult the Claire Schaeffer pattern that includes directions on hand-worked button holes.
- Do a practice run on hand-worked button holes-discover you suck at it.
- Do 8 practice button holes using the machine-guided “manual” button holes on your machine.
- Walk Basset Boy.
- “Finish” the cape; discover that the buttons and button holes do not line up.
- Remeasure and resew middle button.
- Try on the cape. Sags horribly at the neckline.
- Add hook and eye to the neckline. Perfect.
- Discover that your cape is fabulous…but a bit too large.
- Notice that one of the pattern pieces that was left out has drifted to the floor.
- Note that Basset Boy has “examined” it and there are slobbery holes in it.
- Blame Basset Boy for everything.
If you follow the above steps precisely and carefully, you will surely finish in 12-15 hours.