Then each buttonhole (except the one at the top) was surrounded with grosgrain ribbon folded into a point. First the ribbon is carefully folded and pressed. Then pinned around the buttonhole.
Basting is the only way to prepare the ribbon for machine stitching.
Then the ribbon is sewn by machine around the buttonhole but the point is left unsewn.
Three more ribbon "surrounds" are placed on the left side of the cape to line up perfectly with the ones on the right. Buttons were attached with waxed thread to the left side.The last piece of the puzzle was the belt. After sewing the two pieces together the edges are sewn then pinked just like the cape hem.
I'm so glad this project is done! I won't say I loved sewing it, but I did learn a lot and also practiced up on some skills I don't use often. Will I use this pattern again? Probably not without some changes! Now on to another sewing project. I am SO grateful to be able to sew and create!