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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Islander Sewing Systems Super Express Cape Pattern Giveaway!

For the past 3 years, I have been doing the sew along posts for Sew News Magazine. It has been a wonderful opportunity. Along the way, I have made new friends, and discovered some wonderful independent pattern companies. The upcoming sew along will be my last...at least for Sew News :)

Although the last, this is a great one, the Super Express Cape from Islander Sewing Systems.   


Depending on your fabric choice, this cape is perfect for cold weather, rainy weather, or just a cool day. The arm slots have been strategically placed so that you are still free to move, drive a car, and carry packages, especially important at this time of year :) 

The design of the cape also lends itself to lots of options. I decided to accent the top of the cape by using a faux fur. The bottom is a panne velvet.


The back of the cape does not have a seam as you see with mine below, but the pattern can easily be customized. There are 2 versions of the cape, one features a generous hood, the other a stand collar. I LOVE the hood!



The arm slots are quite easy to sew, and are placed so that the hands can easily slide into the in-seam pockets. The pockets are deep and generous, so a great place to hide a pair of gloves, or anything that you may need to quickly grab.


When down, the hood lays beautifully around the neck.


What I especially like about this pattern is that it can be made by any sewist at any level. There are no sleeves to insert, and if you are a little intimidated by buttonholes, snaps will make a wonderful alternative.


With my cape, I decided to go all out and use this fabulous silk lining. 


The sew along will begin next week, and to kick this one off, Janet Pray, the designer and master mind behind Islander Sewing Systems is offering 3...yes, 3 free patterns!!! How exciting!!!!!! 

I will draw the winning names on Monday, December 5, 2016.

If you would like an opportunity to win one of these fabulous patterns, just leave a message here on the blog by midnight CDT Sunday, December 4th.

As I said, the cape goes together quickly, so it would make great gifts, perfect for this time of year! 

A big, big thank you to Janet for this very generous giveaway. 



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72 comments:

  1. What an interesting cape and I love your fabric choices. Please enter me in the drawing. Karen

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  2. I have always wanted to sew a cape so hope I win the pattern

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  3. I would love to have this. I have seen it and thought what a nice cape to sew. JoAnn

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  4. Love the hood, and the length is perfect for Canadian winters.

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  5. Wow -- I'd love to try this pattern! Thank you both for the opportunity. Rhonda, I have really enjoyed all your sew alongs and hope, while not part of Sew News any more, this will not be your last one! They have all be so helpful. Lyn J.

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  6. I love a well designed hood too! What a beautiful cape.

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  7. Your cape is fantastic, Rhonda! Love the hood and silk lining.

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  8. Your cape is beautiful! Please enter me.
    I've enjoyed your Sew News sewalongs. I've sewed along with a few and bookmarked others to do later.

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  9. Finally, a cape that is practical as well as beautifully designed - please enter me in the drawing! As always, thanks for your generosity, Rhonda! Tina

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  10. Thanks for the chance! Love the drama, I have a short one but needed a long option for winter months.

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  11. Wow! That cape is fabulous. I would love to win the pattern. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Ernestine Ranson

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  12. Love that cape...Want to make one. So Beautiful. Great for these cold days

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  13. I've been wanting to make a cape and was going to start with the Seamwork Camden because it's simple and should be a quick sew. But this one has more appeal. I would love to win the pattern! I love the fur. I have 2 cuts of faux fur I ordered over Black Friday weekend on the way. I hadn't thought of making a cape with them...

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  14. I just love capes and am thrilled to see them back in today's fashions! I live in a warmer climate and this would be just perfect for cooler evenings and outings! Janet Pray is an amazing designer and teacher and I've watched several of her Craftsy classes. Thank you for this great opportunity!

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  15. Hi Rhonda, would love to make this cape for my daughter. Kim from Peoria ASG

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  16. That is such a cute cape. Of course, I'd love to win that pattern :). Love the hood option and the way you used contrast fabric....

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  17. Oh, how I love your fabric choices! I have a piece of silk brocade from Japan that I've been saving for several years, and I'm inspired by you to use it to line a coat-like cape. I'd love to win one of these patterns! Thanks.

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  18. I love Janet's classes on Craftsy. My friend just forwarded your post to me and I'm so glad to have found you. I enjoyed this post so much, I have to follow you.

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    1. Gee, thanks Marsha! I know you will enjoy Rhonda's sew along for this cape. Happy Holiday Sewing!!

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  19. You always make something beautiful out of the simplest patterns. You inspire me to do more! I'd love to try a cape!
    Karen M

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  20. Beautiful! I would love to try this pattern!
    Karen

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  21. Drooling over your cape. Very luxurious! Please toss my name into the hat to win a pattern.

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    1. You are one of the 3 winners! I will need to hear from you by tomorrow, Wednesday, December 7, 2016. If I don't hear from you by tomorrow, a new winner will be chosen.

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  22. Rhonda your version is just amazing. Always taking it to a new level. Count me in for the pattern give away. Thanks

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  23. I think I would prefer to win your gorgeous cape! :) Second choice, I'd love the pattern, though I'm not at my best right now, so it may not get made immediately. I love it!

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  24. I love capes and would be thrilled to win this pattern. Ann

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  25. Thanks for a great giveaway ! I'd love to try this !

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  26. So pretty and stylish, I would do it all in fur!

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  27. Very cute! Please enter me in your contest

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  28. LOVE Janet Pray, her Islander patterns and classes! This is gorgeous and I would be tickled to give it a good home!

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  29. Hi Rhonda, what a lovely cape and thank you so much for the lovely patterns for Christmas gifts.
    I would be grateful if you could please add my name in the hope of winning a cape pattern. When I read that it was possible to drive in it then I knew it would be perfect for my electric wheelchair. It's not easy finding coats that work when you're constantly sitting but your fabric choices gave me some great ideas for a cape that would work in my chair.
    So glad to read recently that Grace is on the road to working through her grief for Little Bit.

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  30. I love capes and would love to win this pattern!

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  31. I've never thought of myself as a cape person, but this one might win me over. Love to be entered into the drawing!

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  32. Hi Rhonda, Your cape is stunning, and inspiring. I'd love to win a copy of the pattern. I've made other Janet Prey patterns, and have had success with them. I've loved your sew-alongs, and subscribed to Sew News, which I hadn't heard of until you featured it on your blog. I'm sure it's time for you to move onward and upward in your creative life!

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  33. Think this may actually be a cape that's flattering for those of us with abundant bosoms; would love to win this pattern and give it a try!

    We will miss your sew-alongs at Sew News! You are a good part of the reason I subscribed!

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  34. Never having made a cape, this sounds like it would be fun. I would love to win the pattern. Thank you for the give away.
    Marie

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  35. Rhonda, your cape is beautiful! I'd love to try this pattern and win a copy of it.

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  36. Would love any of the patterns. Great looks!

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  37. The cape looks beautiful. I'd love to win the pattern. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  38. I was just thinking about making a new cape. Beautiful I need to get this pattern.

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  39. What a great looking cape. Thanks to you and Janet for the opportunity

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  40. I am only 5'2" tall, and a bit cape shy. That said, I can think of a number of situations in which a cape would be quite handy. If I win a pattern, I am quite willing to give it a try.

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  41. Your cape is fabulous!!! I want to make one for the holidays! Thank you for the giveaway...
    Angie

    Nubiannut100 (at) EarthLink (dot) net

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  42. Hi Rhonda, all the best to you, I've enjoyed reading your articles in Sew News. I'd love to win the Cape Patterns, so will keep my fingers crossed.

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  43. Always enjoy reading posts Love the cape and looks easy o make!

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  44. A cape would be perfect for my wardrobe!

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  45. The Islander patterns are just wonderful. I've made several including the classic mens shirt for my hubby. He was thrilled to get a shirt made just for him. The directions are very clear and easy to follow and include little tid bits that make your sewing life easier. Hope you pick me!

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  46. WOW what a lovely pattern to win ... FIESTA ;)

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  47. I just found your blog and I think it's great! The cape pattern looks wonderful and I'd love to win one. Thank you!

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  48. Thank you for your hard work. Would love to win.

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  49. Have taken Janet's classes on Craftsy & I love the techniques in her patterns. Would love to win this pattern. Looking forward to the sew along.
    Janet

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  50. The cape is gorgeous!!!. I would love to win the pattern.

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  51. Thank you for the opportunity!

    Rose in SV

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  52. Oh, I have been seriously looking at cape patterns, but haven't made a decision. This looks fantastic! Please enter me... thank you!

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  53. I have the perfect fabric for this cape!

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  54. I've never been a cape person but this one has changed my mind very chic style especially with the hood. it looks like it would be easy to wear and be comfortable too. Love your fabric choice. Blessings Baa G

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  55. I love it, such a wonderful pattern. I would love to win this.

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  56. Ohhh!!! Love this. Please add my name for the drawing. Karen in Illinois.

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  57. What a lovely cape. I have the perfect fabric! Please enter me in the drawing. I'm sad to see you won't be doing sal's anymore. Good luck!

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  58. There's a length of navy rainwear in my stash that would be perfect for this pattern. Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  59. Your cape is gorgeous and very unique. Please enter my name for the cape pattern drawing.

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  60. This is very exciting, Rhonda! I've been watching Janet's classes on Craftsy, I really enjoyed them and now I have a few more tricks up my sleeve thanks to her! Please count me in!

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  61. I have yards of Pendleton wool and some lovely berber fleece for this I have been saving.... I have purchased 4 different cape patterns but I think this is the one I need! Excited for your sew along, new to your site but not to your great contributions in Sew News..... Thanks Ronda

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  62. I have another of her patterns and like it, please count me in. Thank you

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  63. Ooh, I love that hood! Please enter me in the drawing.

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  64. Your cape is beautiful and I would love to try this pattern. Please enter my name in the drawing.

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  65. I would to win this pattern, please count me in! And thank you for organizing this giveaway

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  66. Looks like just the thing for late-night walks!

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  67. Oh, I'd love to make this! thanks so much!! :)

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  68. Your version is beautiful with the faux fur and velvet. I could see it in a laminated cotton for rainy Chicago spring weather.

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