Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Made By a Fabricista: Falling In Love with Wool

Hello Fashionistas!!

Sewing with wool has been on my bucket list forever. To be specific, a wool cape, a winter coat and a french jacket.

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.. 

XOXO-

9 comments:

  1. It's a lovely addition to your wardrobe. I follow you on periscope. I'm mommabearcrafts (Sue).

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    1. HI Sue! Thank you. It's been nice connecting with you and periscope :) I hope to catch you on periscope soon :)

      -Vatsla

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  2. This cape is beautiful! Your sewing skills and styling skills are equally impressive. And I adore the lining!

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    1. Thank you Stephanie! That's a very sweet complement :)

      -Vatsla

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  3. I love your vintage cape! The wide belt looks very chic and contemporary. It looks great on, and the lining steals the show! What a great idea to use a pop of color/contrast instead of a tone on tone lining color. I love your blog! What an inspiration you are. You little one is beautiful like her mom!

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    1. Thank you bPatricia!! I appreciate your sweet comment. I have actually cut out a mini cape for my daughter with the leftover fabric and will be sewing that up next week :) That's coming to the blog soon :)

      -Vatsla

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  4. You look amazing! and the lining is a lovely surprise :-)

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  5. I Love the cape!!! And you make a beautiful model for it!!! You could make a beautiful model as well!!! After seeing your cape I am inspired to use some wool I have about the same color to do the same!!! Anxious to see your next project posted!!!

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