Saturday, 9 January 2016

Winter Belle Cape with McCalls 6196

    Hello sewing friends!:) This was my main project last month. I made this "Winter Belle Cape" for my 4 year old niece as a Christmas gift. I knew I wanted to make her one some time ago, so I was pretty excited about it! I had to wing it since I couldn't find an actual "Belle Cape" pattern, but I used McCalls 6196 as a good base. The main fabric was a deep red panne velour and I decided to line it with a novelty satin-type fabric, just to complicate things for myself!;) I purchased a cut of faux fur since the fur trim that was available in spools was all long pile and I wanted the cape to look as much like Belle's as possible. I used the smallest size after reading some reviews for this pattern. I think I cut the fur in strips of 2 or 2.5 inches with the bottom under-cape trim 3" (I think!).

McCalls 6196
Disney's Belle in her winter garb;)

  Here shown is the pattern pieces for the hood and altered "caplet". I used the measurement from my niece's elbow to wrist and subtracted that amount (plus an inch more I think), so the caplet would come slightly above her elbow.

Here is the main sewn hood piece and lining piece. I constructed the hood and pressed up the hem as instructed for the main piece, and tucked the lining piece inside, having trimmed off the hem allowance on the lining piece so it would fit inside the main hood piece better. I trimmed off a bit of the bottom lining as well.

  Above is shown the two main caplet pieces. I sewed the front and back pieces together on both lining and main pattern piece then sewed them right sides together along the bottom and turned right-side out and basted the pieces at the neckline.

Pressed bottom of caplet inside and trimmed seam allowance.

   Here you can see how I attached the hood and caplet. I later added an "under cape" from another pattern in such a way that the raw seam was hidden. I though I had taken photos of that part but I must not have:(

I added some twill tape to the neckline, as it didn't seem particularly stable. Here is the "under cape" and caplet lining with the attached twill tape.
On my dummy:) I didn't get any of the finished cape on the dress form. Thats what I get for finishing it last minute!


    For the under-cape I followed part of a tutorial for a "Anna" (from Frozen) cape, but I wish I had made the under cape a bit wider. This is ok, but I think it would have been better to use a full "red riding hood" type cape so it would go over the shoulders better. I made it so the under cape would fall at my niece's ankles.

I was going to hand-sew the trim on, but I quickly realized it would be far too time-consuming so I simply used my sewing machine!:) I applied fray check to both the cut top and bottom edges (this should be done before sewing on the trim. Only after I sewed some trim on the first section did I realize the bottom needed fray check as well.

      I both machine sewed and hand-sewed the trim on the hood. Machine sewn along the edge and secured the rest by hand. I left the trim around the caplet hang free for the most part but secured it in a few spots. I machine and hand sewed the trim to the under cape as well. 

How perfect is this wrapping paper? Bonus, I already had it on-hand! Disney princesses in their winter capes! Funny though, that Belle is the only character that actually had a winter cape but she's not featured?? 

   I wish I had gotten a photo of this on the dress form! *Sigh*. Oh well, turned out pretty well I think! Now I can work on sewing for myself;) Til next time!:)

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Vegetarian-Friendly Donair "Meat"!:) ...You're welcome;)

Donair turnover and french fries, yum!!

     Hello all! I'm deviating a bit from my usual sewing-related posts! I'm quite excited about this recipe I've put together. I can't take all the credit, as I've borrowed the spice blend from an actual Donair meat recipe.

     I'm from the East Coast part of Canada where Donairs are quite popular. Its a spicy meat that is cut into strips and  typically served in a pita with chopped onion, tomato (sometimes mozzarella cheese) and Donair sauce (creamy, sweet & garlicy, yum!). You can also get Donair pizza, egg rolls, and my favourite, Donair panzerotti's which is like a pizza turnover. I recently developed this recipe to share with my vegetarian husband.

     We once had a "vegan donair" at a local restaurant (a couple years ago now), but honestly, it was horrible! Tasted like a soggy mushroom, though the sauce was great (made with coconut milk). My husband was not impressed with that donair either and I assured him not to judge all donairs based on that one experience! I recently put together this recipe and my husband was won over and has requested it several times since. Makes me happy!:)

 This Veggie "Ground Round" is the base for the "meat". I love this stuff, its so versatile!

Below I'll have lots of self-explanatory photos:)

Donair "Meat"
-1 pkg Yves Original Ground Round
-1 tsp ground oregano
-1 tsp all-purpose flour
-1/2 tsp ground black pepper
-1 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
-1/2 garlic powder
-1/2 onion powder
-1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
-1 egg, beaten


Preheat oven to 350 Degrees.

Place Ground Round in a bowl and add spices and flour. Mix well. Add egg, mix some more;) Dump out "meat" mixture onto a large piece of plastic wrap and squeeze into a mound. Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake til lightly browned, about 30-35 minutes, turning once after about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

I find it helpful to make the meat ahead of time (usually the morning of or day before) and refrigerate it before cutting into strips, seems to cut better. Fry slices, browning on both sides for a few minutes over medium heat. Now your Donair meat is ready to use!:)

I bought some pizza dough and used it to form turnovers, also adding mozzarella cheese, but you can use it however you like to eat your usual donairs:)

Donair Sauce:

-1 can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated!)
-1/4 cup white vinegar
-1/2 tsp garlic powder

Mix together all ingredients and refrigerate at least one hour before serving.

Spice blend:)

Friday, 20 November 2015

Minoru, Take Two!:)

          Hello all!:) I've made a second version of Sewaholic's Minoru jacket pattern. I made my first version just after my son was born, and this time I'm carrying baby #2. I received some gorgeous bluish/purple cotton/polyester (I think!) blend fabric from a lady who recently gave up sewing. As soon as I laid eyes on it, I had the urge to make a jacket with it:) I knew with the cold weather on its way, not to mention my expanding waistline, I wasn't going to have much time to wear it but considering how much time goes into a jacket, it was probably a good idea to make it while the desire was there!:) I'm due early April, so it'll be good timing to wear my jacket then!;)

*Sigh*, my camera is still out of commission, so iPad photos it is again!

    Can I just say how much I adore this lining!?:) I love the gorgeous floral print! I actually interlined the lining, since it's a somewhat delicate silk/cotton blend fabric and I wanted to make sure it was strong. For the sleeves, I used a silver polyester or bemberg (not sure, it was from my stash and I just know that it's slippery!).


       I used a white/silver metal zippers and added front pocket exposed zippers as well. I found a video showing how to shorten a metal zipper, since I had to shorten all four! Pretty easy actually, you just need a pair of pliers and new top stops (don't frustrate yourself trying to reuse the old top stop!) Video here. I did have some photos on my good camera but they got lost:(

   I shortened the zipper pockets a bit too much I think!:( They're manageable, my hand fits, but it's a little snug. Note: don't get carried away shortening zippers next time!;) At least I have a spot for keys now!

    I wanted this jacket to be more fitted than the last version so I used a size 4 up top and 0 for hips. Size 6 up top probably would've been better, but this is alright!

   I made the hood 3 piece like last time, and cut the smallest size hood as well. I like the extra shaping it provides. Next time I make this jacket I'll interface the zipper window area on the collar.

   I shortened the collar by 1" since its rather high as-is.
I **looove* this lining!!!:) My iPad photos don't do it justice!:)



I really like my new jacket:) I look forward to wearing it next Spring! Til next time!:)

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Pretty in Pink:)

     "Even the darkness is not dark to You, and the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You. For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well."

Psalm 139:12-14

   Hello all!:) I've been having issues lately with my camera/card/card reader (something's not working!). Ugh, anyway, my sister came over yesterday and took some photos with my iPad (whatever works right?). Since I've blogged last, my husband and I have announced baby #2 to all of our family and friends!:) I'm about four months along now and baby is sure starting to show!:) I have a few projects in mind (I must be a stylish momma!;)

      This sweater dress is a modified version of McCalls 7061. I wanted a less casual look & I didn't have to change much. I left off the front pocket, sleeve cuffs and hem band, and also the buttonholes off the cowl neck. I took the dress in on the sides to make it more figure-hugging, but I wish I would have given myself a bit more room. The fabric is not very stretchy, so I likely won't be able to wear it for more than a couple months more:p Oh well, I'll just have to make another one!;) Ha! Plus I'll be able to wear it next Fall when I'm not with child;)

These little gourds are so cute! I prefer calling them "baby pumpkins":)


    The dress on the left is view "D" which is what I used. I extended the sleeve length a bit, a couple inches (I think). I didn't have to add any length to the dress though, it was long enough since I wanted to pair it with leggings anyway.

   I would like to make view "B" on the right, but with a straight hem.

   I cut a size Small, which was good for me.  I sewed the sleeves in flat so I could adjust the side seams as necessary. As I stated above, I took in the side seams but I had to use a smaller seam allowance for the sleeves as I found them a bit snug. Glad I basted the side seams first!:)

   The fabric is a pink mix sweater knit from Fabricville. It looks like fleece on the inside and sweater knit on the outside. It has a slight width-wise stretch and is pretty firm and stable. They had many more colours but I decided on the pink;)

I made it with the intent of participating in the "Sweater Knit" contest on, but my boy got sick, I got sick, Dan got sick, etc! Wasn't in the mood for photos/blogging:p

   I recently finished my second Minoru jacket, so that will be the subject of my next post.
Stay tuned!:)