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Subject: Attaching Cape

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Date Posted: 09:58:49 11/08/04 Mon
In reply to: 's message, "Attaching Capes" on 09:48:06 08/03/02 Sat

What is the best way to attach a cape to the shoulder. On my daughter's first dress, we pinned it with a special pin but I see that it was causing some damage to the fabric. I've read about attaching snaps, Velcro, etc. Personally, I don't care for Velcro as Iíve seen the damage it can do to a dress if you aren't careful so I'd rather avoid it if possible. Does anyone ever attach the cape permanently?

Many people get the cape sewn at the shoulder. One of the biggest problems with this is if you use the "lemon slice" dress bags. The cape is then folded in half and this can distort the line. Also, do not sew it into the shoulder seam. I had to alter a dress like this and the dressmaker had trimmed the bulk out of the seam, making it very difficult to get it back together after i had removed it. It was also too difficult to alter with the cape attached.

--I agree with above poster, alterations are difficult when the cape is sewn in the seam. When I have people that want it sewn on, I do it on the outside of the dress. Place the cape on the dress right sides together with the cape going towards the front, sew the cape to dress on shoulder seam and then flip the cape back over the shoulder. You can then attach at the waist any way you wish. I usually use a ribbon tie.

-I use a large safety pin on the underside (at the shoulder and at the hip). Then we just gently pin the decorative pin on top through the first layer of material. I never unpin the cape once it is pinned underneath.
-I am NOT a sewing expert, by any stretch, but I have attached capes to my own dress, and my daughters by just using a bunch of snaps. The capes are the "two shouldered" kind, and you can't get out of the dress without taking at least one shoulder off. Originally, they were just pinned on with our broaches...but it seemed like over the years that will really damage the dress material. So I pinned the broaches onto the cape permanently, and added 3 or 4 snaps at each shoulder, and a couple across the back. I unsnap them carefully, so hopefully they will not start to "pull" at the material. I suppose even the snaps could start to cause wear eventually, but it must be less than pinning and unpinning every time we use the dress.

-When I attach capes to the class costumes which I sew, I use clear snaps. They are great for easy removal (it makes is much easier for the girls to get their dresses off and on, and yet, does not look back when the cape is off as you do not see the snaps.
--how large are they. i tried it with smaller snaps and they came off when I had my daughter jump around. Maybe I need bigger snaps?
---Try the big ones, we call them wopper poppers from my days doing theater costumes.

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