In the world of fabric, there are two kinds of flannel. Flannel you like the day you bought it, and flannel you will keep liking even after you wash it. I’ve seen quite a bit of the first one. The second is harder to come by.
My flannel is from the Cloud 9 organic Fanfare collection, which was designed by my friend Rae (friend in the sense that someone much cooler and more popular than you is really nice and talks to you. ha!) They’ve come out with some new colorways in solids and prints.
Don’t tell, but I have a half yard of the citron solid that I didn’t get time to sew up into what I wanted, so keep tuned for that. Clover chose the orchid solid, and Violet the blue elephants. I begged for them to pick the foxes I wanted, but ended up conceding. But the foxes, guys. The foxes.
Cape pattern is the red riding hood from my Oliver and S Little Things To Sew book. This little adventure cape is so warm and snuggly. Basically pretty impractical in a humid Virginia summer, but oh so inviting when it starts to get frosty.
Our cape was completed on the most perfect rainy day to go test it out. Fights ensued between the two girls as to who got to wear it for photos, and five year old tantrums were thrown when Clover lost the job over having been the first one to actually get to wear it around the house. But it all worked out in the end. Her little sister soon tired of being my model, and wanted to get soaked in the rain. Clover got the modeling job she always wanted.
Little elephant riding hood went on a hazy adventure in the woods, though not to grandma’s house. Unfortunately the walking path doesn’t go to Oregon (does anyone know a good portal maker?)
She stopped to gather pinecones and a fallen bird’s nest, wet with rain and empty of eggs.
Thinking of wolves all the way, she kept her eyes alert to any suspicious movement in the trees. We also stopped to look for ninja turtles hanging around a sewer cap.
Littlest riding hood spent some uncharacteristically contemplative time walking through the fields in her warm, fuzzy elephants. Despite her reservations about “girl” things, the orchid lining didn’t seem to bother her.
With the full body shots you can see that this cape is a serious accessory. It could even qualify as outerwear. I ran into some fabric shortage when I went to cut it out, and had to supplement from my stash – a good example of why it’s wise to always have a bit of essex yarn dyed black linen in your stash. It goes with everything.
After cutting some of the cape out of my 2 yards each of the outer and lining fabric, and realizing that I had a serious problem brewing, I looked back at the fabric requirements and realized that I went by the smaller size and then cut the larger one. You wouldn’t think that slight size change would make such a difference, but it totally threw off my plan. With some majorly creative cutting and supplementing, plus switching the orchid as the outer fabric out for the elephants (originally going to be the lining), I got it done.
Our photo shoots usually go something like “Violet, just stand still so I can get some non blurry detail shots….ok now you can be rad.” Then she busts her moves for a minute. Then she’s so over it.
Should I ever want to sew something Sherlock inspired, I’m definitely using this pattern. Can you imagine it in tartan? Get on it, Cloud 9! Omg I shouldn’t abuse people on here or they’ll never want to talk to me again. Lol!
But while I’m making requests, can we start a petition for an Oliver and S kids blazer pattern? Liesl, I’m talking to you!
Are you feeling inspired for Fall sewing? Summer sewing was fun, with the shorts and stuff, but I’m ready for some sweaters and fall textures. This displaced Oregonian does appreciate drizzly days like we had here though.
That’s all I’ve got! I’ve included a shot of sir Hawthorne there, just to brighten up your day. Isn’t he cute in his little sweater that I sewed for STYLO when he was about 3 months old? It finally fits! (He’s 12 months old now. Lol.)