A couple weeks ago, my twin sister and I fulfilled a dream of ours and took our families back to Duke University in North Carolina, where we graduated over a decade(!!!) ago. We’ve always dreamt of one day stepping back on campus with our husbands and children in tow, showing our kids where their mommies went to school and sharing college memories with our hubbies. Some of my happiest memories took place during those college years and I was so lucky to experience it all with my sister. My older brother (Surprise! Betchya didn’t know I had one! I rarely mention him on this blog!) also went Duke so we are truly a Duke family. You will not meet a greater Duke basketball fan than my mom and my hardworking dad somehow put all three of us kids through private school. Duke University has a special place in our hearts and we couldn’t wait to get back on campus and share it all with our families!
For this trip, I whipped out new Blue Devil capes for Zoey and my baby niece Rylie. The cousins already have matching Duke cheerleading outfits that my sister got them for Christmas but I decided to sew these capes up the night before we left because they are so darn cute:
I’ve made plenty of these blue devil capes, and superhero capes, in different variations as gifts forfriends. (Scroll to the bottom of this post to see other variations of the Blue Devils capes that I’ve made in the past.) This was by far the simplest version I have ever made since I didn’t use any velcro or bias tape and because of that, it was also the cheapest version that I’ve made! Zoey actually already outgrew the newborn cape I made her when she was born. She never even got it wear it! So this time, I made them a little on the bigger side in hopes that they will last an extra season or two.
I was walking through the fabric store and found this glittery satin fabric in Blue Devil blue and knew it was perfect for this project. It had just enough fun little sparkles for our little baby girl devils. I don’t have a pattern for these capes, I short of just eyeballed it and drew a rough outline on the fabric and cut it out. Its basically a giant triangle with a slight curve cut out at the top/neck:
I folded all the edges (except for the neck) under and sewed them like a hem. For the tie closure, I happened to have blue satin ribbon that matched the fabric perfectly, so I just sewed that along the neckline:
I used my silhouette machine to cut out the “D” symbol out of white iron-on transfer material and then just ironed it onto the back of the cape:
You can see some of the sparkle in the photo above. I love how it glitters!
The girls got SO much attention walking around campus with their little cheerleading outfits and capes on! So many people stopped and asked us about the capes. They were a big hit! Our daughters were so cute in them! We actually have adult-sized capes that my sister made one year for the NCAA tournament but the men were too shy to wear them around. It would have made quite a scene if the 6 of us were walking around in capes.
Here is a picture of Rylie (10 months) and Zoey (16 months) hanging out at the student center:
It was hot day and Zoey had to be bribed with icecream to sit still for that shot.
And THEN, we went to take pics in front of Cameron Indoor Stadium, our famed basketball court, and we were pleasantly surprised to find the doors unlocked (and the court air conditioned!). So we got to go inside and run around for a bit and snap some pictures of the girls at half court:
It was such a thrill to be able to walk around Coach K court, we rarely got to do that even as students!! Zoey even got a diaper change on it, hehe. Running around Cameron Indoor Stadium capped off the day for us and it made us all giddy with joy! This was by far the best part of the trip for our husbands, too. They didn’t go to Duke but even they were impressed by our basketball stadium!
I love this shot of Zozo strutting around like she owns the court:
And how cute is Rylie sitting there?!
We had a trip of a lifetime! My sister and I felt so lucky that we were able to go back on campus and re-live so many sweet memories together. The campus has changed so much in the last 10 years, we were walking around confused with dumbfounded looks on our faces in some areas, but it was just as beautiful as I remembered it to be. We had a fun, happy homecoming and we look forward to going back one day….when Zoey and Rylie are freshmen! ;)
Here are other versions of the Duke cape that I’ve made in the past. Click on the photos to see those tutorials:
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