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DONNAKAYE | Posted in General Discussion on

Folks, it’s been suggested that I start a “Torn Projects” thread so that our friends in the Gatherings can enjoy pattern-free fashion.  I’m going to start with this one.  It’s a pattern called the “Magic Cape.”  I described it in the September Challenge/Fall Motivation thread.  When I can get the directions for the rouanna and the circular coat, I’ll upload those for you as well…..Enjoy!  P.S.  We have a special friend, a Bishop teacher, a contemporary of my mother’s, to thank for finding these instructions for us….Donna


  1. Gloriasews | | #1

    Thanks muchly!  What a great idea for Christmas gifts (or other occasions).    In the Magic Evening Wrap instructions, are Illustrations 1 & 2 one variation of the wrap & 3-5 another?  I'm assuming so, but would like confirmation, just to be sure.


    1. DONNAKAYE | | #2

      Sorry.  I see your confusion.  The complete instructions start in the middle of the page that says "Poncho" at the top, then continues on to the bottom of the next page, with the model shown wearing the stole.....d.

      1. Gloriasews | | #3

        I did see the directions start at the middle of the page, Donna.  My confusion is whether there are 2 different versions of the Magic Wrap, as I'm finding the illustrations confusing.  It appears to me that one version is described in illustrations 1 & 2 & the other in illustrations 3-5.  Or is all the folding, buttonholing, buttoning, etc. all the one wrap and that all illustrations pertain to just the final wrap? 

        You probably know that, if you see someone make one first, all the directions then make sense, eh?  Maybe I'm just missing something here.  Sorry.


        1. DONNAKAYE | | #4

          Oh.  Sorry.  Silly me!  You're right about how it's easy when you've already seen one buttoned up.  I got a real chuckle out of that!

          Yes, the illustrations are in sequence, 1, 2,3,4,5.  It's all in the folding, buttoning, etc.  This is one of those deals that's pretty much impossible to describe without illustrations.  I think they just pretty much repeated the length and width on the second page of the instructions to show it before it's all folded up and buttoned.  It does seem redundant, but when you've got to figure out how it's buttoned up, I can see why they did it.  But, yes, it is sequential, not two different ways of doing it.  Illustration #1 simply shows the dimensions of the stole and the locations of the buttons and loops.  The second illustration shows where the buttonholes go (mom always pinned brooches there instead of using buttonholes).  The third illustration simply shows Illustration #1 again (??).  4 and 5 show how it's all buttoned up.

          Hope my response is a little more intelligent this go-round!

          1. Gloriasews | | #5

            Thanks for the explanation - I'll look at it differently now!  I'll try a paper model first to see if it makes sense to me.  I'll let you know if I'm still uncertain. 

          2. DONNAKAYE | | #6

            Here's the catch:  The paper model won't make sense to you; you've got to actually try it with a scrap piece of muslin for it to make sense.  I laughed when I saw that, because that's exactly what I did when I was trying to remember the buttoning and all, was try it on a paper model.  Nothing I did made sense.  Then I took a length of fabric and tried it, and then it made sense.  I had had a hard time remembering how it was all buttoned up.  If y'all need a photograph of one, let me know and I'll hurry up and make one!

            Edited 9/9/2007 4:35 pm ET by DonnaKaye

          3. Gloriasews | | #7

            OK - I'll try a model with fabric.  Yah, a photo would be helpful (if the garment isn't black, as you can never see the details or folds on black, it seems), as the drawing with the instructions isn't terribly clear.  Sorry to be such a bother about this.


  2. BJB1929 | | #8

    Thank you so very much for the pattern.  It is so kind of you to share it.  God bless you,


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