Cape in green wool crepe

27 July 2015

cape collar detail

I little project that I finished a while back, now another wardrobe staple…A little green cape.

cape on

I made a cape last year, using Butterick 6039, which was fun and easy, and is now worn by my daughter  because I am not The Pope ! And that’s all I could think about when I saw it. These photos are rather burnt out, but hopefully you can see that lovely cotton silk lining.

cape lining

The outer fabric is a lovely, dark green wool crepe that was an op shop steal, the lining is a cotton silk remnant from the Fabric Store, which I noticed and couldn’t stop thinking about, so of course I had to go back, did a bit of a bargain, and took it home as a remnant.

Cape and lining lay up

Here it is, ready for me to cut the lining. Below, there’s the lining, it’s greens and chocolate brown, I love the print!

Cape and lining lay up silk cotton detail

For the pattern itself I referred to Butterick 6039, as I loved the drape and fit, which is easy anyway. I wanted a collar and a bit more height at the neckline, so I pulled out my favourite bolero, Simplicity 2269 (which you might remember from here) which has a nice high neckline, (two versions) did a bit of redrawing to make this variation, and drafted a collar to match.

green cape sitting

It was easy really, and the result is so wearable! And warm where I need it over winter.

green cape standing

Probably the hardest part was choosing a closure (oh which button..how big….and what colour….?) I went for a large shimmery green button from nana’s stash, rather than making a buttonhole I opted to attach a hook and loop behind the button. Basically I was not one hundred percent committed to a button closure !

green cape standing side on

I like the way it sits open, so I’m considering other ways of keeping this from blowing away while out and about.

green cape standing collar open

I love the collar, and the wool crepe is so warm.

green cape standing back

Here’s the back…

green cape standing back 3

I’ll be making more of these!

green cape standing collar open face to face

So, who wants one? I love mine!

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