Frozen, the Disney movie is a big favorite at La Primera’s house (daughter #1) . She says it’s the best movie Disney has ever made and she is a big Disney fan. When I used to take the kids to the movies, both my daughters used to leave the theatre singing the songs! I remember La Primera entered a singing contest, all the other kids were singing serious stuff, she sang, Kiss the Girl from The Little Mermaid. As she looked out into the audience she could see the little kids in the front rows look amazed and start smiling. Her singing teacher probably got some flack from her peers when LP won. Now she just sings for her daughters.
When I found Housewife Eclectic‘s tutorial for making a cape just like Anna’s out of polar fleece, I knew it would be a hit with Las Nietas. Back in May it was 90º F in Merida-which made finding polar fleece as probable as finding a polar bear. I found three sad bolts in the back of one of the Telas Parasinas, my color choices were grey, grey, and for variety-more grey. Amazingly, the velvet had a better selection of colors. The grands like pink and purple so I bought those because, to be honest, I had forgotten that Anna’s cape is more of a fuchsia pink. Polar fleece is 60 inches wide and the size 5 pattern called for 1 yard with left over yardage, the velvet is a meter (about 39 inches) wide and has a nap so I bought 1.5 meters. I had enough left for a little pouch too.
Sewing velvet must be like childbirth, you immediately forget the pain when you see the result. If I was doing this again, I would opt for flannel if I couldn’t find polar fleece. Velvet sheds terribly, which means the edges need to be clean finished, not a horrible job when you are making a size two or size three.
Eclectic Housewife traced a vest and extended the length, I don’t have that option, Fortunately, my pattern making book contains a size 3 bodice sloper, so I started with that.
I lowered the neckline and the underarm seam. Because this is outerwear, I also extended the seam out an inch to add more wearing ease. I also curved the hem from the front to the side. When I laid the pattern out, I extended it about two inches to make a self facing placket, originally I was going to cut that separately but decided not to take the chance on getting the nap upside down. I don’t think I need to tell you to cut two fronts going the same direction if you chose to use velvet too.
The back piece also has a curve at the bottom, it’s cut on the fold.
The cape pattern started it’s life as a peterpan style collar. I just extended the lines out to elbow length plus seam allowance. Then I remembered that adding a dart at the shoulder would make the cape fall better, I spread the pattern and about an inch and a half for the dart. The dart length equaled the shoulder length.
I put it together the same way as the tutorial, including the stand up collar.
Ball fringe is as scarce as hen’s teeth in Merida, I don’t know if it’s seasonal or just uncommon. Out of the five Huacho Martin locations that I went to, only one sold it. They even had small and large ball fringe in my choice of red or green. I wish I could remember the word for ball fringe in Spanish but I forgot to write it down because I forgot it in the the time it took me to walk from one Huacho to the other. It sounds something like marionette. I was reduced to discribing it as fringe with balls hanging from it. I decided to use another type of fringe instead.
Raiding the trim stash supplied wide gold trim, black trim, black lace, ivory trim, and metalic rickrack. Halfway through the pink cape I remembered that my sewing machine has embroidery motifs too. If I did this again, I would do more machine embroidery.