My Little boy was attending a prince and princess themed party at his nursery to celebrate the jubilee, He wanted to go as a knight so I whipped up this creation in about a day, would of taken less time had i not had so many breaks lol. It probably cost me about £15 to make and i could have bought one for the same price if not cheaper but i doubt it would have been the same quality. I was pretty pleased with the outcome and my little Knight of the realm loves it xx
Ps i'm not so great at typing how tos so if anything is unclear please ask.
To draft the pattern i used a pattern cutting book called pattern cutting for baby and childrens wear by Winifred Aldrich. I was gonna copy the instructions nd post but i was worried about some kind of copyright infringement nd i couldnt be bothered to type it all out. I suppose you could take an old top and use that as reference to create the tunic. I found the Instructions on how to draft the circular cape at www.pattern-making.com I adapted the cape to allow for a Red stripe down CF and a Tab that would be secured with 2 buttons.
Cut according to the most economic lay plan.
2x CF stand (cape)
2x CF Lining (cape)
2x CB Lining (cape)
2x Large crosses
1x Small cross
2x CF (cape)
2x CB (cape)
2x CF (Tunic)
2x CB (Tunic)
1x Front neck facing (Tunic)
1x Back neck facing (Tunic)
2x Front armhole facing (Tunic)
2x Back armhole facing (Tunic)
All Armhole facings, All crosses, both neckline facing, and both stands.
Over lock CF seams and Pin together. Lock stitch into place using a 1cm seam allowance press seams open and top stitch.
Pin the small cross In the center of the chest along the CF seam and lock stitch in place. Overlock the side seams
Over lock CB seams leaving 20cm from the top to allow for the zip and lock stitch in place using a 1cm seam allowance. Press the seam open. Insert zip. Over lock side seams.
Pin At the shoulder seams, lock stitch using a 1cm seam allowance and press open.
Pin side seams from under arm to hip point to create vents on either side of the tunic. Lock stitch using a 1cm seam allowance press seams open to give a neat finish to the opening vents.
Over lock the outside edges of the front neck facing and back neck facing. Pin at the shoulder seams and lock stitch.
Attach the completed neck facing to the right side of the tunic, lock stitch using a 1cm seam allowance Snip notches along the curve and reduce the bulk of the seam. Turn through, Press flat and top stitch. It was at this point i noticed as i had cut the back neck piece in one piece once i'd stitched it to the neckline it was stopping the zip from fully opening so all i did was a quick snip along the CB of the back neckline facing. Secure in place by stitching in the line if the shoulder seams.
Over lock the outside edges of both front armhole facings and both back armhole facings. Pin a the Front armhole facing to the back armhole facing at the side seam and shoulder seam. Lock stitch and press seams open. Attach the Armhole facings in the same way as the neck line facing. Snip notches along the curve and reduce bulk of the seam. Turn through press flat and top stitch. Secure with a small stitch along the shoulder seam and the side seam.
Top stitch Vents and Hem.
Preparing the applique crosses.
Iron on facing leaving a 1cm gap all the way around the cross. Using a paper template to press under the 1cm allowance.
Pin CB seam, Lock stitch using a 1cm seam allowance, press seam open and top stitch.
Pin Stands to CF, Lock stitch using a 1cm seam allowance , press seam towards CF and top stitch. Repeat with the other CF panel.
Pin the side seams, lock stitch using a 1cm seam allowance, press seams towards CF.
Complete the cape lining in the same way.
Before you join the cape to its lining Pin the Large crosses on either side along the side seam and lock stitch in place.
To attach the lining Pin the right sides together along the CF stands, lock stitch in place using a 1cm seam allowance Press seams towards the CF.
Pin at shoulder seams to make sure the cape and cape lining are perfectly aligned. Lock stitch using a 1cm seam allowance along the neckline. Snip notches and reduce bulk at the seam to give a crisp look to the curve when turned through and pressed flat. Lock stitch along the hem using a 1cm seam allowance but leave enough of a gap to turn the Garment through to the right side.
Turn through the right way and press the neck line and hem flat then top stitch.