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"A cape with drape" - and I quote!




It is school holidays here till the end of this week. Last week on Wednesday, my son woke up and asked me to make a very specific piece. 
Son - "Mum, can you make me a cape. no not a cape, a cloak? Today?"  
Me - "Of course. Like with a  hood?"
Son - "Yes, it needs a hood, but no buttons or things to close it in the front - just whole. Oh, it needs to be red and it needs to have a lot of drape."

What???? Drape? Did I hear my son correctly? Now, I just want to point out, my son is like any other boy/man when it comes to fabric and fabric shops - boring, do I have to go etc, etc, etc. I have never said drape to my son.. maybe he heard me but I don't get to talk sewing in front of him very often but I was very pleased and impressed that he knew what he wanted and how he wanted it to behave. Off to Trad's to pick up some cheap fabric hopefully in his vision colour! Yay for Trad's perfect fabric at $4.95 per metre - we took 3. (went back later that day to get fabric at $3.95 pm for the cousins).


So, turns out it was fortuitous and convenient (as opposed to untidy and lazy) that I had left McCall's 9080 on the floor after cutting myself out a new fleece. It has a hood that overlaps at the front (I didn't use this on my fleece though - that'll be the next post) and is quite oversized (I have the S, M, L size pattern) so I cut out the hood in large and then placed the front and back pieces on the fabric and drew the sleeves off the shoulder seam and measured out 10 cm from the bottom put the ruler angled there and drew to the length and curved under the seam to make a sort of dolman top/dress/cloak. This was a quick, quick project. Made in under an hour. 


This grey colour is his cousin's. I made another in a brown for his other cousin.  He is THRILLED with it - "Exactly what I wanted, perfect." Can't get much better than that can it! He wore it to his friend's house that afternoon and all his friends were thrilled with it too - if I had time I guess I could make loads of friends happy - but I guess that's the (another) benefit of a Mum that sews!




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  1. I just know you made one little boy very happy..... What a cute idea...

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  2. You are just the cleverest Mum ~ that is one happy boy you have ... J

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  3. You are such a good mother.

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  4. That's so funny he knows what drape means! What a fun sewing day that would have been. I like the look of that jumper pattern too.

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  5. What a random request! But at least you delivered the goods exactly as ordered, because I know how honest kids can be when they don't like something! I'm looking forward to the end of school holidays so we don't have to argue over clothes each day, I miss the school uniform!

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