Well, it sure has been a while since my last post due to, amongst other things, the Blogger app becoming incompatible with my iphone so it really was too much hassle to try to post anything. You'd think in these days technology would keep up! However, it's finally managed to catch up and I have a little more time in my schedule to post so, hopefully, there will be some interesting reads coming through on a regular basis.
So I thought for my first post back I'd make it a worthwhile one and have teamed up with Debi of Ms 1940 Mccall for a fun sewing group challenge. Debi has a wonderful blog dedicated to sewing up vintage patterns from 1940,specifically McCall ones. She's sewn a whole heap of wonderful garments and has the vintage style nailed. The plan is to inspire sewists to make a cape - something that'll be very welcome after the British Isles turning the weather dial to "flippin freezing" this weekend. I was very excited when she liked the idea of a Cape Sewing Group and I know Debi is too, so we hope you'll join us on our Cape Crusade journey, be inspired by each other's makes and get yourself a stunning piece of memade clothing to boot.
Of course, Debi and I will be participating too for the fun of it - she has already sewn up the most delightful cape "suit" consisting of cape, skirt and blouse which you can see here for some inspiration. Just make sure you check out the awesome cape lining - it's dreamy.
I plan to get full on sewing the 1930s Capelet (here ) and below from Decades of Style . I just love that high collar, the floaty back and the angles on it. I plan to style it up with some long gloves for a glam look. If you'd also like to sew this cape then Decades of Style are offering 20% off their patterns at the moment - just pop by through the link on their Instagram page and you'll see the code. Better hurry though as it's only applicable until the end of this week (that's week commencing 29 October).
Now for the good bit. As well as taking part and hosting, Debi and I are offering two lucky sewists the chance of winning some goodies. Debi is offering a vintage cape pattern whilst I will be throwing in as a prize a metre of 30s inspired crepe de chine that I purchased in Athens during my recent trip there.
The fabric would make a perfect sleeveless blouse - maybe with a vintage pointy or a mandarin style collar; or perhaps you'd prefer a basic shell top, maybe with back buttons, to jazz up your winter suit. We'll be judging the entries at the end of the challenge and, remember, there are two prizes so there will be TWO winners. But, hey, it's not just about the prizes, this is a sewing group for fun, so we think it'll be good to follow along the sewing journeys of our Cape Tribe to see what fabrics you have picked, and how your construction is going right up to the styling up of the end product. The prizes are available to anyone who'd like to take part, wherever you are, so get your thinking cap(e)s on and let's see your ideas. There's no timescale on the actual making up of the garments, as in this week you do this bit and next week you do that bit, and as it's not a sewalong you can go at whatever pace
is good for you. The challenge will run until 2 December so that gives you plenty of time to dip in
and out of sewing up the garment - and we'd love to see your construction pics too. We'll then pick the winners and wing the prizes on their way.
Of course there are few rules for participants. Here goes:-
1. Follow both ms1940mcall and daisycreatesinsussex on Instagram
2. Repost the notification post
2. Repost the notification post
3. Tag a friend who you think would like to join in
4. Tell us what fabric you'd make your cape out of (and the design if you have one in mind).
Then just tag your posts #debianddaisyscapecrusade so we can follow along with you and everyone can see your progress.
Happy sewing Capemakers. xxx