Hi everyone, I am so delighted to participate and contribute to The Monthly Stitch. Kat, Mel and Juliet have done a terrific job in setting up this site, kudos and thank you!
AND, I was only too thrilled that the very first sewing challenge issued was to sew a cape. I have ALWAYS wanted a cape, but, for some reason, have never owned one. What a perfect opportunity to make my own. I have also enjoyed seeing all of your cape creations, they have been very inspiring!
I combined this sewing challenge with the Sew Weekly Reunion challenge and made my cape in Pantone Fall 2013 colours. I made the main fabric of my cape in a colour called Vivacious, out of a wool blend and I lined it in an indigo/navy bemberg. I used a pattern by Christine Haynes from the winter 2011 issue of Quick Stuff to Sew Magazine. (links found here)
Rather than follow the pattern directions, I drafted my own collar/scarf/tie piece out of a cotton fabric, interfaced it with fleece to make it cozy, and added it to the cape. I also added metal closures to the front of the cape that look like little capes!
More information, pics of the cape and the reason a cape is SO much better than a fitted jacket :), can be found on my blog.
Thanks for reading! I’m looking forward to next month’s challenge.
Catja from Gjeometry
Edit: I added another pic, so you could see that the front collar/tie/scarf-in-one piece is actually only sewn at the top around the neck of the cape and can be worn many different ways. For more pics, go here.