The Stitchy Details:
- Challenge Theme: The Cape Challenge – August 2013
- Pattern used: Milano Cape by Papercut Patterns
Contemporary, sizing: XXS-L (my size: S)
Description by Papercut Patterns: Double breasted cape with six buttons, a flat Peter Pan collar, side single welt pockets and full facings.
- Fabric: Wool, bought locally
- Notions: 6 buttons
- Did you make any pattern alterations or design changes?
No changes, except the use of different fabric for the pockets (but this isn’t really a change). Unless you of course count the fact that I sew one of the welts upside down.
- First worn/Wear again?
First worn for the pictures, this is definitely for the fall/winter. But when the cold weather comes, this will be part of my wardrobe.
- Total price: ~36 € + pattern ~22 € = Total ~58 € (The buttons & thread is an estimation: here in France I tend to only get the bank card receipt with the total amount, so no idea what they actually cost. I estimated the cost based on internet stores).
So, pretty much everything that could go wrong with this cape, did go wrong… I washed the fabric prior to sewing and my drying stretched the fabric a bit, so I had to cut around the worst parts. Plaid matching was a pain and it took me 6,5h just to cut the damn thing. I had never sewn a welt pocket and instead of practicing it, I did it straight to the cape, and the welt was upside down. So, little things… I am happy with the end result, though, and will definitely wear this in the winter. Next time, I will line the thing if the fabric is this itchy, but then again, I won’t wear it against bare skin. More pictures and thoughts about the process can be found on my blog.