Everyone needs a cape.
They are warm, simple to construct, chic, incredibly comfortable and I think that they need to make a come-back! Another great thing about them is that they can be smart or casual depending on your mood. What’s not to love? As part of the Wardrobe Architect challenge, I made a few sketches and thought about the fabric and the look I wanted:
The following week the pattern had been drafted and there were only four main pieces so this looked like a pretty swift make – my kind of sewing! But I then decided to bias bind all the inside seams with Liberty fabric. It looks gorgeous but, as you can imagine, it took me forever!!
I chose a lovely cream wool from Ditto Fabrics in Brighton that is not too thick and can be worn either with a jumper or blouse in the Spring. The fabric has a chevron weave and it is really soft to the touch. It did smell a bit ‘sheepy’ when I pressed the binding so I won’t be wearing it if it’s raining any time soon!
The buttons were found in a little haberdashery and I love the vintage feel they give the cape. I used four for the front opening and then I stitched one next to each pocket, and through both front and back pieces, so that it looks like I have sleeves. They also look like chocolate Minstrels – I had to make sure I didn’t dribble on the fabric while sewing them on!
I will definitely make another one in a ‘rain friendly’ fabric that is a little smarter for work.Any other cape converts out there?
Until next time…