Avon bath cape: tutorial

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.

BERNINE 480

The B 480 is intended for all amateur seamstresses and tailors who love beautiful design but also sophisticated automatic functions. A brilliantly simple machine.

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Image of a three-soled walking foot with sewing guide #50.

Three-Sole Walking Foot with Sewing Guide #50

With three soles for sewing, quilting and topstitching ✓ Perfect fabric feed and even stitch formation ✓ Seam guides help you sew with precision ✓ Stretchy or sticky materials ✓

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To finish the seams I use my overlocker, the BERNINA L 890

Image of the BERNINA L 890.

BERNINA L 890

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Ready to embark on this quick sewing adventure?

Requirements

-Avon pattern (free download in this Facebook group)
-fabric (see pattern for recommendations and requirements)
-thread
-sewing machine
-overlocker (optional)

Tutorial

1. Shoulder seams

Pin the front and back shoulder seams together, right sides together, and sew.

Cape Avon - Schoudernaden
Finish the seams with your overlocker or use a zigzag stitch.
Seams ironed towards the back.

Detail of the walking foot. It carries both layers evenly to achieve a nice, clean result.

Cape Avon - Schoudernaden

2. Preparing the hood

Pin the two mirrored hood pieces together, right sides together.
Pin the rounded seam.

Cape Avon - kap

Sew the rounded seam and finish with your overlocker or use a zigzag stitch.

Cape Avon - kap

Press the seam and turn the hood right side out.

Cape Avon - kap

Finish the hem of the hood with your overlocker or use a zigzag stitch.
Do not (yet) finish the hood neckline

Cape Avon - kap

Iron the hem of the hood 2 cm inwards.
Sew in place and press.

I don't use pins to sew simple straight seams with the three sole foot. The layers are held together perfectly.

Cape Avon - kap

Cape Avon - kap

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.

Cape Avon - kap

Cape Avon - kap

Continue pinning forward until the hood pieces overlap by 1 cm in the center front.

Cape Avon - kap

Sew the hood to the neckline.
Fold the hood into place and finish sewing with your serger or use a zigzag stitch.

Cape Avon - kap

4. Hem

Finish all seams, all around, with your overlocker or use a zigzag stitch
Iron all seams 2 cm inwards, all around.

Cape Avon - Zomen

Sew all around and press.

Cape Avon - Zomen

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.

Cape Avon - zijnaden

Cape Avon - zijnaden

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.

Cape Avon - zijnaden

Press on your finished cape and voila!

Happy sewing,

Isabelle
Feel free to visit me on Instagram 😉

Free Sewing Instructions: Avon Bath Cape




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