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Subject: The candy wrapper style is not too hard (it looks like a tootsie roll wrapper to me.)

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Date Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 07:27:17pm
In reply to: thanks in advance! 's message, "Hi, I'm looking for advice on making a simple soft cape. The fabric is twinkle satin, and I have lots of it. I'm just not thrilled with the hard cape that came with the dress, and I'm hoping that this is something even a novice can manage. Any advice?" on Monday, October 15, 07:53:47am

For a teenage dancer, I use a piece of fabric 24' - 36" wide and the length I want (from shoulder to opposite hip) plus 1 inch. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise, right sides together, and sew across the ends and along the side, leaving a 4 inch gap. Through the gap, turn it back to rightside out. You should have a rectangle 12 - 18 inches wide by the length of the cape. Press and slip stitch the gap closed. Gather across the rectangle about 2 and a half inches from each end - this should be a very tight gather - reduce the width down to about 4 to 5 inches. Then take grograin ribbon in an accent color - you will need two pieces 11 inches long. Stiffen the ribbon with iron-on interfacing. Sew the ends of the piece of ribbon together. Then turn the seam inside and sew along the edge of the ribbon to make a 1 inch by 5 inch patch. Sew the ribbon or patch across the gathers and voila - a "candy wrapper" cape. Most dressmakers add crystals across the ribbon part.

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thank you for the wonderfully detailed instructions - is there a picture of one of these somewhere, or could you send me one by email?thanks again - email hereWednesday, October 17, 08:32:17am

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