Earlier this year when I launched my blog I thought about all the sewing projects I would like to make. It was a reasonable list... twenty one items in all.. and number six on the list was a wool cape, which has now been crossed off my list :)
Its finally DONE!!!! I am so in love with the final product. I have been working on this for the past three days while my kid naps :)
I wanted something unique so I chose a vintage pattern. I wanted a superior fabric and I wanted to work with 100% wool. I picked a camel/taupe brushed wool that was such a pleasure to work with.
I sewed up Simplicity pattern 9669, view 2
On my version I only used two buttons as opposed to four. I also eliminated the waist tie and styled the cape with a leather belt instead. This is a big cape, so to create a good proportion, I used a wide belt.
Here is side view and back view. The fabric drapes beautifully!
The cape looks different when worn without a belt and I like that look too!
I am simply in love with the sleeves and they make me feel like a butterfly! I chose a floral lining. Isn't it adorable?
As I was wrapping up pictures, my kid decided to join the party. I had some leftover fabric and cut a small cape for her as well, but have not sewn it up yet. That's next on my list...
I learned a good bit about working with wool. I had it pre-shrinked by sending it to the cleaners. I learned that is takes special care to avoid overpressing and shine. I also mastered the art of perfect top stitching! What a joy..This project required more work, but the end result was so worth it.. This cape will be in my wardrobe for a long time..
That's all for now.. I am taking a one day break before jumping into my biggest project of the year... a Melton wool winter coat....
Hope you enjoyed reading this! Leave me a comment and let me know what you are working on... And if you like this vintage cape.. add it to your bucket list! And if you want a super yummy 100% wool, check out the selection of wools HERE
Until next time..
Vatsla at Fashion Behind The Seams