I made a cape in November 2011 and wore it once with a costume and once to a 50s styled wedding but it didn’t have buttons or buttonholes for that matter and the hem kept rolling up. In reading my lean blog post on the cape, I see that I was having a rough time in my sewing and that my sewing machine was acting up. So glad I have Max now.
After doing some early (way too early) Spring cleaning, I rewarded myself with some sewing. I really wanted to have buttons on the cape and properly press the curved hem. I received a buttonhole cutter set and was really excited to use the cutter. OMG THAT THING IS AMAZING! It really is. I also got a point presser with clapper and used it along with mild heat to press my curved hem into submission. See, the hem had been rolling. This did the trick.
My earlier photo of the cape was on a bed. So sad. Now I offer more pictures. It’s a black cape so I used flash so I could show off the little detail offered.
These are from the vintage button basket passed down to me from my husband’s family. It’s really cool that I got all these buttons. I did ask for permission before using any of them.
Cutting with the buttonhole cutter was so much smoother than without. I highly recommend it.
You can still see where the hem is twisted. Believe me, it’s a lot better than it used to be. So sad. Maybe one day I’ll have the energy to take out the hem and redo it. I mean, it’s been two years since I made this and I’m going back to it to add buttons. It’s not unlikely for me to go back two years from now and do a better hem.
The cape is interlined with organic cotton flannel from Heart of Vermont. This is the real deal. So thick and warm and yummy. The lining is from the bolt I got of poly china silk. I would’ve loved to line it in satin. oh, yea.
I have a new idea for the fabric I bought for my Doctor Who coat. I’m making into a cape.