The other night, my friend Elin came over with her sewing machine and I learned that she had been taught to sew as a child â€“ how to use paper patterns and everything. As she motored through a production line of baby- and child-sized pants (Oliver + S designs such freaking adorable pants!), I set to finally making Owen a cape. Iâ€™d had the web page of the tutorial open in my browser for like six weeks. It was time.
Little did I know as I neurotically paced my house looking for stash fabric and scissors and a pencil that I would end up staying up till midnight finishing the entire thing.
So, the O Cape! I followed this tutorial pretty much to the letter. I didnâ€™t have magnetic snaps around (such a good idea, though), so I used velcro at the neck. Oh, and obviously I added the O appliquÃ© before I sewed the front and back together. My tattoo came in handy as I freehanded the O.
I found myself pretty clever when I loaded a contrasting thread into my bobbin for sweet top stitching on both the front and the back. (Itâ€™s the O Cape because, as Elin declared, O is for orange, owls and Owen).
Naturally, the next morning Owen would have nothing to do with the cape.
But then I put it on Marie Antoinette to take some photos, and when Owen came home and saw her wearing his cape, he wanted to put it on. Score.
And now I want to sew more things that I could complete in one night. Got any favourite quick projects?