A cape-overcoat inspired me to design this cape dress. It makes me think of a flying squirrel.

 

1- THE TRUNK

SIZES S TO XL – 8 TO 14 – The dress is worn ample.

The main part, the trunk, is composed of two kinds of fabric in silk: an orange one (3 panels of fabric, 3 x 36 cm x 90 cm) quite rough, placed at the back, and another with a handpainted vase in the center (1 half of a beige panel, 1 full panel with the painting of the same roll, and the 2nd half of the beige panel, that is  1x 36 cm x 1 meter long + 2 x 18 cm x 1 meter long).

First of all, I have stitched together the three orange fabric panels that I will reserve for the back.

I have cut off in two the beige fabric of 36 cm x 1 meter large. The ironing helped perform a neat cut.

I have sewn those two panels on either side of the painted fabric.

Then, I have folded and sewn the sides of each half-panel. This is, I think, prettier and more practical than overlocking it.

Iron out the inner side.

Attach the  new main beige fabric to the orange fabric stitched beforehand.

On both sides, stitch from the top down to 21 cm.

Then, leave an opening of 32 cm to insert the arms.

Stitch down to the end.

To keep the openings from getting wider, sew a little perpendicular line of around 0,5 cm over the intersection beige fabric – orange fabric, that is to say at 4 distinct spots, at the top and bottom of each opening.

 

2- THE COLLAR

Take a fabric measuring 36 cm by 18 cm, and divide in 2. (36 cm sur 9 cm x 2)

Join the two parts together by stitching the two small sides.

Sew the collar on one side then on the other.

Get the 3 orange panels of the back hold on the half of the collar, and the two beige panels of the front, on the other side.

Gather the fabric as you fancy.

Fold in and pin the collar so as to cover the stitches.

Sew on the outer side by following the pins and removing them little by little.

I have used some orange metalic threads on the surface (and polyester thread underneath).

3- THE HEM

For the last stage, the finishing of the hem, I have the orange fabric.

I have made a long strip to cover 5 full panels of 34 cm (18 cm x at least 170 cm, that is  a panel that is 85 cm long and 36 cm large divided in two strips and stitched together).

 

Then fold it in 2, horizontally.

Lay the strip on the bottom of the trunk with wonder clips or pins, and sew.

Once you have sewn to the other end of the strip, pin the strip in a perpendicular way, and stitch that side. The hem is almost done.

On the inner side, iron out the part that has just been stitched.

Fold in the strip over the stitches. Iron out.

Insert some pins just above the stitches. This has 2 aims: a pin is a spot and keeps the strip still

Sew on the outer side and remove the pins gradually.

 

Here is what it should like on the front and back:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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