So it turned out okay in the end, but I had a very challenging time with this pattern. I bought a Dynamite Dinosaur Cape pattern a number of months back so that I could make three capes for my niece and nephews. For their birthdays. In December....and September! I know, I'm so horrible for not getting these out in time. I don't want to make excuses, but I had a number of hurdles:
- Christmas (That's not an excuse for the September birthday. Procrastination would be that excuse.)
- Measurements (The pattern makes you measure things! I hate that. Just give me a pre-printed pattern and don't make me think about anything.)
- Cat shit (After I finally got things cut out, I abandoned the project for a month -- or so -- due to post-Christmas craft-detox. When I went to revisit it, I discovered that one of the cats had taken a dump on the cut out pieces....or so I thought. I mean, I wasn't confused about the shit part...it was definitely shit...he (or she) had pooped on a pattern piece that I had incorrectly measured and abandoned, but due to procrastination had forgotten that it was a failed attempt.)
After I started making the thing, it was going along very smoothly until I realized that my decision to forego the recommended fabric (fleece) for corduroy had been foolish. I just hate working with fleece so much. It stretches like Gumby on crack and nothing ever works right when I use it. The reason this was a problem for this particular pattern, was because I needed the stretchiness for the hood to fit around the entire cape mouth. I did not take a picture of this fiasco or any of the steps that I took to resolve this matter. It took a good two weeks for me to even revisit fixing this and I never remembered to have the camera with me.
Anyway, I finally finished one cape last week and sent it out. I am 99.2% done with the other two capes and will post pics of those after I have a little prehistoric photo shoot with them, but here is the first little dinosaur:
My lion is modeling this for me. I found this green corduroy at a thrift store and had been waiting for the right project for it. I lined it with some fun polka dot fabric that I had previously used to make the seat cushion for black bear rocker.
The pattern calls for a different closure, but because I had messed up on the front a bit when I went to fix my hood mistake, I used velcro to mask that. It really just looks sloppy and I hope that the two-year-old recipient does not mind.
There's the little tail and here's a close-up of the eye (complete with fun plastic button) and the jumbo ric-rac teeth:
I hope to have the next two capes out this week and then I have to work on another birthday present for another niece whose birthday is in one week. Blah. That won't get there on time.