Monday, 2 December 2013

Woodland Stroll Cape

I made a cape! I've always had a slight obsession with capes, ponchos and the like, but was slightly disappointed with the ones I tried on in the shops or couldn't quite manage to convince my Mum/sister that they were a good idea. When I found the Woodland Stroll Cape pattern from Liesl + Co., and it got the thumbs up from my style advisers, I thought I had to give it a go - here's how it turned out...


It's a pretty simple pattern and I didn't need to make any fitting alterations - this isn't a particularly fitted kind of garment after all and, in this colder weather at least, there needs to be space underneath for a jumper or cardigan to make sure your arms are warm enough.


That's not to say the cape itself won't keep you warm - it will! I've been perfectly cosy as I've been wearing it around this weekend. It's definitely helped by the fact that I used this lovely Melton fabric from Calico Laine, which was great to work with and perfect for a cape or coat. It's lined with a purple polyester lining, also from Calico Laine. I toyed with the idea of using a pretty printed lining fabric, but I wasn't sure quite how much the lining would be visible when wearing the cape so in the end I went with a plain colour.


While there are lots of lovely buttons out there that I could have used to fasten the cape, I really liked the look of the buckles used on the orange cape in the pattern pictures so decided I wanted to find something similar myself. A quick search led me to these lovely leather buckles from bag-clasps.co.uk...


It was a little bit fiddly making sure they all lined up right, but it was definitely worth it. I think they make the whole thing look really professional, and they may be at least partially covered by a scarf for a lot of the time that I'm wearing the cape, but I'll know they're there and that's the main thing!

Other than having to take time to match up buckles, the only other thing that caused me any problems was getting slightly confused about the facing on the inside of the neck, but I soon realised that I was being stupid and it was a probably a sign that it was too late to be sewing and that I should be going to bed instead! Stupid late-night sillyness aside, it all came together really easily and I love the end result. It's nicer and worked out much cheaper than anything similar I've seen in the shops, and has been given the Mum/sister seal of approval - yay!


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  1. I love the color and the style.
    This would be perfect for my daughter.
    I like the buckle closure.
    Great job.

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    1. Thank you! I'm pleased with the buckles too! :-)

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  2. Buh, my comment just got eaten by the internet. I was just saying that your cape looks lovely! Great color choice and cute buckles. Was it difficult to sew them on? I have never stitched with leather before, so I was wondering!

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    1. I hate it when the internet eats comments, so annoying! Making sure the buckles all lined up was a bit fiddly but actually sewing them on was fine - they come with holes already punched around the outside so I just hand stitched through them. Not sure I would have wanted to try actually sewing through the leather, that would have been more tricky!

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  3. Your cape looks really professional, well done. I hope you have fun wearing it.

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    1. Thank you! I've definitely had fun wearing it so far :-)

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  4. Good grief! How clever you are. You've done a great job. Lovely colour too.Dropping by from Brit Sewing linky.

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    1. Thank you! I'm really pleased with how it turned out! :-)

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  5. Super cool cape! And wow, what a colour! That purple is bound to cheer you up on a grey morning!

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    1. Thank you! I do love nice bright colours to cheer up winter days!

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  6. Wow, I am so excited by this! I have been reading through your blog loving all your makes and your style, and you have also made the cape, which I love love love!
    I made mine a month or so back and a love it so much. It's not blogged about yet ( I'm fairly new to this blogging malarkey!) but I am so delighted to see another.
    Liking forward to new makes from you ��

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    1. Thank you Heather - glad you liked reading through my posts! I was really excited to start wearing this cape again when it got colder this autumn, I still really like it!

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