I little project that I finished a while back, now another wardrobe staple…A little green cape.
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.
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.
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!
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.
It was easy really, and the result is so wearable! And warm where I need it over winter.
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 !
I like the way it sits open, so I’m considering other ways of keeping this from blowing away while out and about.
I love the collar, and the wool crepe is so warm.
Here’s the back…
I’ll be making more of these!
So, who wants one? I love mine!
its lovely, feeling inspired to try and make one!
Do make one! I plan to sew up some more.
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.
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