Cape in green wool crepe

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!

4 Comments

  1. I want one! Sometimes I just need a bit of warm over my shoulders. That length is perfect for the car. No bulk to wrestle into the car seat and easy to shrug off when the car gets warmed up.
    Not sure what kind of collar I want but I love the look of yours.

    Jan

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    1. Thanks for your comment Jan, yes, I am so happy with how versatile the cape is. And it really does add that little extra warmth where I need it.
      I drafted the collar, based on a shirt collar. Fairly easy to do to, I just played around until I was happy with how far around it sat.
      Definitely have a go at making your own cape, overall a really easy sewing project.
      Thanks for your comment x

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