Avon bath cape: tutorial
It's vacation time again, time for our children to enjoy 2 months of free time, do what they want (in moderation ;-)) and relax.
It's time for mom to give the girls new bath capes, which they can easily put on after a dip in the pool or after a bath/shower.
For this I always use the Avon cape pattern, downloadable free for members of the Bel'Etoile Patrons Facebook group.
You can use the pattern to sew capes in sizes 80 to 164 and in less than an hour you will have a freshly sewn bath cape ready 😉
For this tutorial, I'm going to sew one from stretchy terry cloth.
It is a soft, pleasant fabric that absorbs water and is comfortable to wear.
Sewing this fabric can be difficult, which is why I always choose to use the Three-Sole Walking Foot with Sewing Guide #50 on my BERNINE 480
This walking foot ensures that the fabric layers are transported evenly and you get a beautiful result.
To finish the seams I use my overlocker, the BERNINA L 890
Ready to embark on this quick sewing adventure?
-Avon pattern (free download in this Facebook group)
-fabric (see pattern for recommendations and requirements)
1. Shoulder seams
Pin the front and back shoulder seams together, right sides together, and sew.
Finish the seams with your overlocker or use a zigzag stitch.
Seams ironed towards the back.
2. Preparing the hood
Pin the two mirrored hood pieces together, right sides together.
Pin the rounded seam.
Sew the rounded seam and finish with your overlocker or use a zigzag stitch.
Press the seam and turn the hood right side out.
Finish the hem of the hood with your overlocker or use a zigzag stitch.
Do not (yet) finish the hood neckline
Iron the hem of the hood 2 cm inwards.
Sew in place and press.
3. Attach the hood to the cape
Pin your hood to the cape, right sides together.
Align the center of the back of the hood with the center of the neckline and the pin.
Continue pinning forward until the hood pieces overlap by 1 cm in the center front.
Sew the hood to the neckline.
Fold the hood into place and finish sewing with your serger or use a zigzag stitch.
Finish all seams, all around, with your overlocker or use a zigzag stitch
Iron all seams 2 cm inwards, all around.
Sew all around and press.
5. Side seam closure
Place the side seams of the front and back pieces together, wrong sides together.
Measure your cape from shoulder to seam and mark the center of this line using a pin.
Pin and stitch the side seams 5 cm from the side edges.
Start at the hem and sew towards the marked center
Secure with back stitches.
Press on your finished cape and voila!