Thanks for having me in the Monthly Stitch, Mel, Kat and Juliet!
I started making this cape a week before the end of August deadline, assuring myself that capes were simple garments and would undoubtedly be quick to make :).
As you can see, my project planning skills are hopeless – BUT I did get to make my first ever bound buttonhole (woohoo!).
The wool plaid is a lucky op shop find – and as there was just 1.85m of it, it was quite a challenge to match up the not quite square plaid across seams. I made the bound buttonhole before thinking about the button (oops). but luckily I found I had a some vintage buttons that were just the right size. My lining is just regular modern lining fabric from Lincraft, but it feels too skimpy against the wool – I should have used something more substantial.
My pattern was Vogue 2934, a reissue of a vintage pattern from 1950 – it’s a loose, lined cape with a flared back, funnel neckline and dolman sleeves. The pattern describes this garment as a ‘jacket’ (because it has sleeves, I guess?) but to me it has a classic A-line cape shape, and the sleeves would hardly be noticeable if it weren’t for their length. [Does that sound convincing?] To be honest, I hadn’t read the description on the back of the pattern envelope till I came to write this post… I’d assumed that a thing that looked a cape was a cape!
I’m really happy with the way this cape has turned out, and it feels surprisingly good to wear…. capes rock!
See you in the vintage challenge