Nope, not Batman, just me! Another title chosen by Mr Loops when sending me the zip file full of photos to go through.
I don’t usually use paper patterns from big companies that much (just because I find the instructions more confusing than patterns from smaller independents!), but my fave fabric site was having a New Look pattern challenge in January (with prizes, weeeeee), so even though New Look aren’t size inclusive enough to fit me I picked this lovely cape pattern (New Look 6535) as I’ve been wanting to make something similar for ages.
Downfall is that when I posted my challenge pictures on there I totally forgot to tag the pattern product, which was one of the rules. I only just spotted today, and you can’t edit posts on there, so I guess I won’t be winning any prizes, baaaaaaah!!! Oh well, c’est la vie, at least I made a cool cape!!
Soooo, I picked view A, which is the medium length cape with pockets, and hood (in reality I couldn’t really tell what the difference between them all was except the lengths and the clasps anyways…).
Aaaand then I got started grading up the pattern from the top size XL to a 3XL… which mainly consisted of me sticking scrap paper to the edges with the size grading, measuring 3 sizes down, and then marking that onto the edge on the scrap paper and cutting, and obviously moving the notches etc where needed, no idea if that’s how you’re supposed to grade up, but that’s what I did!!
Anyway, that took me way longer than I expected, largely because I very much lack concentration and kept getting bored! So several days later I finally cut my fabrics (which took another day because I kept getting distracted again), and then wayhay I started sewing! And then the brain melts started, because the pattern didn’t have a lining, but I really wanted to have a nice lining on my cape.
Yeah, I can see why they didn’t include a lining, I mean my brain probably made it harder than it was, but with the welt pockets and the arm slits it was a little bit more complicated to line, plus I had to make some amendments to my grading which mucked up my pattern matching… but still, I MADE IT WORK!
In hindsight perhaps it wasn’t the best idea to take photos of my plaid cape, whilst wearing plaid trousers and plaid shoes… but there we go, it does convey how much I like plaid tho I guess!!
Oh and if you’re interested, the outer fabric was Checkered Ponte Roma Fabric from Pound Fabrics (unlikely to still be on there mind as it’s been in my stash for a year and a half), and the lining was Textured knit wine fabric from Minerva. And I got the cloak clasps from Amazon in gun-black.
And now I’m taking some days off sewing to unmelt my brain…
Anyways, hope you like!