March 01, 2010

Fur Cape

We took a family trip up to DC a few years ago, and I thought I'd post a picture of a sewing project I did. This is Anna, age 3, in a red velvet cape with fur trim. It was a challenging project, but it ended up being very durable and turned out surprisingly well. (the picture makes the hem look rather crooked; it's not really!)
I had a second hand small scrap piece of faux velvet, about half a yard. It was shaped like a distorted trapezoid. The edges were rough and frayed, and there was a singed section about 4 inches near one corner. In order to save the maximum amount of fabric, I gathered the top of the "trapezoid" into a collar the size of Anna's neck, and bias faced the edge. I had her try on the unfitted gathered fabric and marked a gently curving hem on the bottom. After trimming the hem to the correct length, I saved my few scrap pieces of velvet. . .just in case. My aunt had given me a handful of scraps of leftover grayish faux rabbit fur. I measured, twisted, stretched, and eventually managed to cut small strips of the fur, just wide enough for a hem. I attached this with a machine overcast stitch to the hem and collar. I saved the left over pieces of fur also, just in case. After lining the cape with a half a yard of a red polyester blend, I took three large one inch buttons, and covered them with velvet. Out of my scraps, I made tiny loops to attach to the opposite edge of the front opening, and then I had the closure. A small hook and eye under the fur on the top finished it off! Taking a second look at my collection of scraps, I decided to fashion a little hat to match, (lined with the same polyester blend, naturally)! The hat is pieced together like nothing you would believe! (And, you wouldn't even know it if I hadn't told you!) After that, I even had enough scraps to piece together strips about 1/4 inch wide, and made little ties for the hat. Everyone loved her little cape. Complete strangers, tourists, snapped pictures of the little princess in DC!


  1. Can anyone tell me how to format in Blogger? It's not saving my paragraph sections and consequently makes it difficult to read.

  2. What a pretty cape, Anne! You have a wonderful gift.
    Let me look at my blog and see if i can figure it out.

  3. For paragraph seperation, I normally just hit enter doesn't save the paragraphs when you indent, but this seems to work.

    Could you please check out a new blog a friend and I started? . Comments are appreciated!

  4. Hi Anne :-) beautiful little fur cape and cap; not sure what to say about the formatting except you have to push "enter" to make another line.... That works for me. Hope to see you this weekend! I am coming to the CMA ladies retreat!

  5. yup, push enter twice if you want to start a new paragraph. Thanks for the letter and pictures!