Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

Final week of the Islander Cape Sew Along! We would all love to see your final cape. Let me know if you have completed it and I will post on our Facebook page.

Islander Cape sew along Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

This installment is all about the finishing details. Rhonda has some great suggestions for making your cape the outer garment you’ll wear over and over again.

This will be the final post for the Islander Cape Super Express  sew along. The name says it all, super express, and yes, it’s a fast piece to make! So no reason to stretch the sew along out to 4 weeks.

One detail that I failed to mention in the last post is the shaped seams at the hem of the cape. This has been done on purpose and is a wonderful aide in hemming the garment as it reduces bulk in the hem. So when sewing the lower portion of the seam, be sure to clip the seam and continue sewing to the end of the seam with a 5/8″ seam allowance. You will love how easy the garment is to hem with the reduced bulk.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

Now that the outer shell of the cape is together, it’s time to finish the arm slots. If you look at the instruction booklet, there are a number of steps to finish off the arm slot on the cape and then on the lining. It’s a wonderful method, but I like to simplify things if I can, so I will show you my method for finishing the arm slots. With both methods available, you can then choose which method you would like to use.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

 Begin by interfacing the arm slot opening on the cape with a 1″ wide piece of fusible interfacing.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

Sew only the front lining pieces together. Lay the front lining on top of the cape with wrong sides facing.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

Fold back the top of the lining as you see above.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

Stitch the lining to the cape from notch to notch of the arm slot opening. Be very precise in your stitching and only stitch from notch to notch. Be sure to back stitch at each end.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

Repeat with the lower portion of the front lining.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

Press the arm slot opening.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

The arm slots are beautifully finished on the outside and the inside of the garment. If you are a little concerned about ripping the seam, you may do a bar tack at either end of the arm slot opening. You may also top stitch around the opening.

                   Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

Now sew the back of the lining to the front along the side seams with a 5/8″ seam allowance. Press seams open.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

Before attaching the facings, the hem of the lining should be finished.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

Simply turn up the hem allowance and stitch in place on the machine.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

Now attach the facings to the lining. I like to edge stitch my facing to the lining once the seam has been sewn. It helps to hold the seam allowance in place and looks lovely. The facing is stitched to the lining with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

Attach the hood to the neckline. Sew the facing to the cape at the neckline. The seam allowance is 1/4″.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

Due to the method I used to attach the lining to the cape at the arm slot openings, you will need to sew the facing to the front of the cape along one side, and then sew the opposite side. You will not be able to sew the facing around the cape in 1 continuous seam.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

Once the facing has been attached to the cape, we can hem the cape. Fold back the facing as you see below. Fold back the seam edge and stitch across the facing at the hemline.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

Clip the corner of the facing, and then trim down the facing, leaving the hem of the cape intact.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

Press the hem of the cape. If you would like, the cape can be top stitched along the front edge and along the hem.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

To attach the lining to the hem of the cape, sew thread chains at the seams and then 3 more along the back between side seams.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

The final step in finishing the cape will be the front closure. There are so many options. If you would rather not sew in buttonholes, you can sew on snaps as I did with the faux fur/velvet cape. On the outside I added buttons which gives the appearance of a buttonhole without the worry.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

For my denim cape, I decide to use some vintage purse claps. Sadly, these are no longer available, but I hope that this will encourage you to think outside the box. Due to the heavy nature of outerwear garments, there are so many possible options for closures, including purse hardware.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

This clasp simply folds over the edge.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

And has a corresponding piece for the opposite side. Consider using a magnetic closure. If you do, then any button can be sewn to the front of the garment, and once again, you have not had to worry about buttonholes not turning out as you had hoped.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

 My finished cape. It really has such a lovely shape.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

Due to the closure that I decided to use, I did not top stitch the front waist seam.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

But the side seams have been top stitched as well as the hood.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

 Although the hood was a “make it work” situation due to my lack of fabric, I was pleased with how it turned out.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

The back of the cape.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

And finally, the fun interior lining.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

Now you can see how very versatile the Cape Super Express pattern is. It’s a great cape for throwing on to run errands, and it makes for a lovely evening piece to add to your wardrobe.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

If you have not purchased a pattern, but would like to, you can find it HERE at Shop Sew It All.

It has truly been an honor and a pleasure to sew along with you on the Sew News blog for the past 3 years. Along the way, I hope that I have been an inspiration. Remember, all of the sew alongs are always available on the Sew News blog. You can easily find links to all of them HERE.

 

Remember to always,

Sew On!!!

Rhonda Buss

sewbussted.com

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

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