I’ve plucked this title from Tanit-Isis’s post on her Last Gasp of Summer Dress, except of course we live in opposite hemispheres so I’ve made a Last Gasp of Winter Cape! My sewing queue just gets more and more delayed during each season until sometimes it is almost too late, and I’m glad I’m not the only one, hehe!
I was prompted to “whip it up” about three weeks ago before the anticipated polar blast, but decided it was worthy of bound buttonholes, and therefore thought I should really wait until the buttons arrived so the buttonholes would be the right size. Three weeks later…
The pattern is from a Burda magazine that I got out of the library – it is #101 from August 2008, and I chose to make the long version A:
I may shorten it (the B version is 15cm shorter), but it feels quite elegant this length. Plus I wanted to avoid the ‘shorter than wide’ look, as well as the ‘fingertips sticking out the bottom’ look. And then there is the ‘chop me in half’ look and the ‘hey look, my thighs are widest right here’ look to watch out for – as you can see many Gemini-like indications and contraindications were tortuously considered to come to this non-decision….. as usual second opinions are welcome 🙂
Here’s the back – there is an optional half belt in the pattern which I intended to add, but it meant sewing another two bound buttonholes, funny how it suddenly seemed unimportant!
And some all-important detail shots:
I do love the generous collar, but the collar stand doesn’t really need the extension. If I was making it again, I’d leave the extension off, as it doesn’t look as great with the top buttons undone trenchcoat style. That would be handy in our warm temperate winters – I’d chop it off now if there wasn’t a buttonhole in the middle!
And on the inside I pickstitched the lining/facing seam, because I’m just loving this hand-touched look at the moment! The seam is actually machined and the stitching is purely decorative.
I’ve only made one other cape in my life, and the first thing that comes to mind when you slip one on is: “what do I do with my hands?!”. It takes a little getting used to!
I did get into a bit of a kerfuffle with my handbag and gloves and arm openings when I boarded a bus and hurriedly tried to find some bus money – lucky it was just me and the bus driver! But I do hope to eventually be able to make it through a Cape Day with elegance!
Do you own a cape, or plan to make one soon? How do you find the movement factor – can you manoeuvre your arms OK, or are they outmanoeuvred by the cape?!