Until Black Friday I was not really familiar with Zierstoff patterns. They are an independent pattern company that has a pretty full line of baby, children’s and women’s patterns and are based in Germany.

Zierstoff had a generous sale on Black Friday weekend so I purchased the Luna cape, the Daniel beanie and the Melissa cardigan.

As of this review, I have only made the cape and the beanie. First off the hat. This is a simple hat pattern for a knit fabric which is what I wanted.

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Vintage Jersild wool knit sweater

I have a vintage sweater which I want to make the hat from but when I assembled the pattern I thought it looked a bit big. I have a lot of hair and don’t have a tiny head. When I laid a hat I had previously on the pattern it was quite a bit smaller. I decided to sew up a quick test hat using the smallest size in a sweater knit remnant and make it reversible with a super soft spandex. Glad I did. Just based on my measurements I would have made a medium which would have been too large for me. The hat can be made reversible or not and it would be easy to attach a pom.

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I went ahead and sewed a matching reversible scarf and the set became a Christmas present for one of my daughter’s roommates. Because I knew I was going to do this review, I also watched their instruction video. The video would be helpful to sewing newbies.  They also sew a loop (infinity) scarf in the video.

Next up was the Luna cape.

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From Zierstoff pattern website

Initially I wanted to sew this up with a mid weight wool, line it and use a softer wool knit for the hood part, and I still may, but being new to their patterns and still unsure about sizing I decided to go with stretch fleece I had in my stash for the cape part and a cotton knit remnant from my stash for the hood.

I am very pleased with how my cape turned out. It was a quick sew and the pattern could give a lot of bang for the buck with interesting fabric choices.  This too became a Christmas present. I used a softer more pliable cotton knit and lined the hood for reasons outlined below. There is a video for constructing the cape.

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Love the way the soft knit drapes on the neckline.

There were a couple things I wanted to change with the cape pattern. One is how stiff the front hood piece lays with a more bodied fabric like the scuba type purple knit in the picture from their site. The pattern calls for a heavier type fabric but I just could not see how that would lay comfortably on the wearer’s neck. The front of the neck finishes very deep and I felt the fleece would be constantly pushing up on the chin.

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Two, I prefer a hood that is lined so raw seams do not show.  Below is a photo from their site showing the raw hood seam.

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Here is my lined hood from the back. Much nicer finish. At the minimum, I would recommend a hong kong finish on the hood seam if you don’t want to line your hood.

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Aside from those two design issues, which are sewer preference and nothing to do with pattern making, I found this simple cape pattern delightful and fun to sew. (I have to confess, I did not read the sewing instructions on either the cape or beanie pattern). One could easily make a half dozen more and really chew up stash in the process. Everyone loves a good cape and the neckline of the hood on this one would make for some interesting contrast and individuality.

However, it wasn’t a completely stress free sew. It took a bit of extra effort to assemble the pattern and to understand what was going on.

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The number 6 is how many lines I counted to keep track of chosen size. The larger numbers are the smaller sizes.
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It took me a bit to sort out which size. I ultimately settled on a size small in U.S.

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I was able to work through my issues and ended up with two very nice Christmas gifts and am glad I stuck it out.

I do plan on another cape soon!

Judy