Cape for Winter

Every year, I tell myself that the coat closet has filled to overflowing, so no more freaking coats. And every year, I have to make another one. We are currently planning some rather major home renovations, so I’m angling for a larger coat closet to accommodate my coat making habit.

Here is this year’s addition to the coat stable. When I saw this cape in the September Burda, I was powerless to resist. I’ve wanted a cape for ages. I made it with camel melton from B&J. I actually bought the last 3 yards of camel melton in the whole store. I really wanted melton because it’s warm and has a nice soft nap for a warm fuzzy effect. I did not take into account that melton weighs an absolute ton. Wearing this cape around town will resemble walking around with exercise weights.

cape back. I did not underline it with a canvas, so you can see my stitches a bit.

I lined the cape portion in a fairly boring cotton canvas

Bound Buttonholes

I lined the vest portion in a red necktie silk. The vest on this pattern has no shaping whatsoever. All the shape comes from the belt. This may be good, since it allows for a bulky sweater to be worn underneath to keep the arms warm.


One Comment

  1. cidell
    Posted January 1, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I came back tot this post via your 2010 review. You’re not kidding. My melton coat is going to weigh 50 lbs by the time I’m done. I still love this cape and it’s on my perennial ‘to sew’ list for 2011.

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