Block for the Inverness Cape, (see right) I now need to work it up into a usable pattern.The following entry is one I wrote back in early November last year when I was cutting the pattern on the cape.I didn't quite get around to finishing and posting it, and it has hung around ever since!
I'm a little shocked that it was almost a year ago,
but here goes.
This is relatively easy to do, with the right tools, and a bit of careful thought.
The block is drawn to the net size, that is to say the finished sewn size, so does not take into account seam allowances, which I need to add.
First I have traced the back panel (see left).
I do this using a special tool I have been introduced to at my college course: a seam grader. This is (a rather expensive) piece of plastic, which has two straight edges at right angles, and some French curve shapes opposite, including some internal ones (see below). These can be used to shape the curved lines needed for the pattern, such as around the collar, quickly and easily.
Having used it at college I instantly saw its significance and soon acquired one for myself and now swear by it!
So now I have my three basic pattern shapes, I can cut the pattern out of the tracing paper and I am ready to make my first calico test.
Assembly of this is simple, though I find there are a couple of ticks I need to watch for when I make it for real.
When things like this happen, it only goes to highlight the benefits and importance of doing a test in cheap fabric like this. Finding out a fundamental fit problem when I was assembling the final cape would have been a disaster!
I now feel it is time to embellish the pattern, and create the pieces necessary to make it for real.