Oh my, our next guest has been busy. I am fairly certain Caila, of Caila Made, never sleeps, and LUCKY FOR US! Her exuberance gushes forth from everything she does and her projects are always filled with energy. (Maybe it's sunny California?) She's developed a number of wonderful (and free!) children's patterns on her site--mainly shorts and pants--and I am thrilled to say she's sharing a new one with us today featuring the Peridot Collar!
Let's welcome Caila and her darling, pixie-like daughter--
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I am absolutely thrilled to be here today as part of Clever Charlotte's Collar Project! I hope you don't mind me starting off with a pun: What a clever idea for a series! Okay, I got that out of my system, hehe.
Well, from the very first moment Erin asked me to participate, I knew I was going to make Abby a capelet. I mean, there is only one thing cuter than a cape on a little girl and that is a cape with a peter pan collar on a little girl.
My love of capes this season can be directly linked to my love of the show Once Upon a Time. Have you seen it? It's a bizarre and wonderful story linking real life with fairy tales. The best part? The show is filled with capes upon beautiful capes! The Mad Hatter's daughter, the evil queen, the evil queen’s mother, Red Riding Hood--they all have the most wonderful capes. We needed one in our household!
So here is my version for Abby: a Peter Pan Collared Capelet made from a pair of textured herringbone pants. She is wearing it paired with her Christmas dress (made by me), a pair of black tights, and a red Christmas bauble. Baubles make everything better!
Below is a terrible picture of the original pants. I just think it's so fun to see the starting point for repurposed projects, don't you? I bought these crazy pants in a thrift store last Christmas because I wanted Abby to have a herringbone cape. It only took me one year to get there.
Making your own little cape with Clever Charlotte's Peridot collar is so easy! Would you like me to show you?
I'll even give you the 2T cape pattern for FREE.
- For the size 2T capelet you will need a 22" by 29" piece of fabric. Depending on the type of fabric you use, you may need less than a yard or up to 1 2/3 yards of fabric. (If the fabric is directional you may need more). Sorry I don't have more exact numbers--I used a pair of pants!
- Ribbon or other for the tie.
I suggest using a heavier fabric for the outside of this cape. Choose something you would choose for a coat or jacket. For the lining choose a pretty cotton, or something silky. Just make sure it has some pop! All seam allowances are 1/2" unless instructed otherwise.
First, print out the FREE Cape pattern by clicking here. Make sure you print the pieces at 100%, no scaling! Tape the four pieces together by matching up the black border lines. Make sure all the cutting lines match up, then cut out your pattern using paper scissors.
CUTTING: When you lay your pattern out, don't forget to match the FOLD line with the fold in your fabric. If you cut the cape on the bias, you'll get some really nice drape. (I didn't have this option since I was working with limited fabric, but I'll try it next time).
1. Cut out your pieces for the Peridot Collar: one outer fabric on the fold and one lining on the fold. (Optional: cut your peter pan collar on a different angle than the cape. This will add some visual interest to your cape!).
2. Cut out your pieces for the Cape: one outer fabric on the fold and one lining on the fold.
TO MAKE THE COLLAR:I only changed one small step in constructing the Peridot collar for my cape. Follow the Clever Charlotte instructions, but do not sew the inside of the neckline. You do not need to leave a gap for turning. Follow the steps below.
1. Cut out the pieces.
2. Place them right sides together and pin. Sandwich the ribbon inside the two pieces at the collar point. Make sure the ribbon is clear of your stitching line.
3. Stitch around the outside of the collar, including around the collar points.
4. Turn right side out and press. Tug on the ribbon gently to make bring the collar points out.
Looking good so far!
TO MAKE THE CAPE:
5. Place your collar on top of the outer cape and pin the necklines together. They should match up.
6. Pin so that the points of the collar are pulled away from your stitching line. Your collar points should be pinned more than 1/2" away from the raw edge. Sew a basting stitch around the neckline, 1/4" from the raw edge. This will help keep the collar in place as you pin and sew.
7. Place the lining on top of your cape, right side down. The right sides of your cape pieces should be facing.
8. Stitch all the way around your cape, up the straight sides and around the neckline. All the edges of your cape should be sewn. Leave a 2" gap for turning along the outside edge.
Turn your cape right side out and press all edges. Close the gap with hand stitching, or topstitch 1/8" along the outer edges if desired. (I chose not to topstitch this cape because the material is bulky).
Now you have a beautiful, finished capelet. (Photobomb by blankie!)
Try it on your girl and admire her little self. Put her to work decorating the Christmas tree.
This capelet is a quick and easy Christmas project! I'm especially happy because I made a very special outerwear garment without having to wrangle with sleeves and intricate lining techniques.
And who doesn't love a bright red lining?
An early Merry Christmas to each of you! May your holidays be filled with loved ones, good food, lots of sewing, and pretty things.
Lastly, I invite you to visit me at CailaMade, where I demonstrate how to draft a pattern for this cape in sizes 3T through 8. I'd love to see you there!