Hello Britex readers, I'm Kristin from skirt as top and I'm so thrilled to be here today! I have wanted to sew a cape for my 4 year old daughter for about a year now, and partnering with Britex Fabrics was the perfect opportunity for me to sew a soon-to-be-released cape pattern by Oliver + S with some truly wonderful wool.
I chose this peacock blue midweight wool for a playful twist, since my daughter is only four years old and I always aim to make her clothing both beautiful and fun. Sewing with this gorgeous wool was a dream, and in person it almost shines. My husband even remarked on how nice it looked - it's a level above the fabrics I typically sew with and the fabric quality is apparent at first glance!
I paired the wool with a gorgeous and soft lightweight voile, which adds a fun, almost Dr. Seuss-ish feel to the lining of the cape.
The pattern, the Oliver + S Forest Path Cape, has a very modern, streamlined silhouette. Like all Oliver + S patterns, it was a joy to sew, with instructions for a professional finish. If you sew for kids, you should try Oliver + S patterns. They are clear, very well-written patterns, and classic designs. This pattern will be released mid-January for both children and adults, and the child's cape pattern will be available in size 6-12 months through size 12.
The cape has generously cut sleeves, but the sides are somewhat fitted and close under the arm with buttons (which I opted to make less visible by matching them to the wool).
I think this midweight wool has a great amount of drape and structure for outerwear, and will keep her warm on our mild winter days. The peacock blue color will be fun as spring approaches, and the voile lining will be soft to the touch as she trades her long sleeves in for short ones as the days warm up.
Sewn in a nice quality wool, capes can be dressed up or down and add an element of drama to a wardrobe that I love!
For more on this look, including information on her leggings and shirt and more photos of the cape, please come visit my blog, skirt as top!
Thanks so much for having me here today!
Summary of Resources:
Britex Notions: Raised Pinwheel Wood Buttons (blue side buttons from stash)
Leggings & Shirt: please see skirt as top for details