Thursday, December 08, 2011

Winter Cape

"Elegance is the balance between proportion, emotion, and surprise." Valentino

Fabric: Mohair wool from Macculloch & Wallis / Lining : from stash. Its a dark camel shade.
Pattern: Size 12, V8674. Version C

Notions: 5 Buttons , two spools of matching thread and one spool of topstiching thread

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, even better than expected.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Most of it yes. I also used "The encyclopaedia of Sewing Techniques " to add the collar and lining. Collar is tricky!

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Yes. I didnt want the pattern to swamp me so I made to finish with an inverted V.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I love this cape and its very fashionable.
Time to complete 10 hours

Wear again? Yes and again and again. Warm and very Chic.

Total Cost : Used 3.5 metres - £30 metre + free lining (I know, MAD... )

Review: Capes are so fashionable right now and this pattern provide a fun modern with a vintage twist. What can I say more. Its a perfect balance from a new pattern to a old school elegance.



  1. I have the same pattern and the same fabric and had the same idea-until I realised that I didn't have quite enough of this lovely fabric to carry off my idea. It looks lovely. Weep that I can't have too.

  2. I've not jumped on the cape bandwagon, but yours could change my this version!

  3. I LOVE THIS CAPE. This may be my favourite thing you've's just absolutely stunning and the fabric is so worth it. It looks so soft. Great job on the collar. This is also my favourite kind of cape (button-up vest with cape sides and big collar). It reminds me of the 1935 cape I made! Ok, now I want to make another cape :)

  4. Rachel..I absolutely love this cape. You did a wonderful job.. I thought you had bought it..Perfect!!

    The color is great on you too.. Happy sewing.
    bty...your friend [cherry lane] sweet and has a really pretty blog.. Thanks for sharing her blog .

  5. 10 hours work - that is just amazing!!! And the end result is a one-of-a-kind never to be repeated cape - well done!!!

  6. Such a gorgeous cape, brilliant work.

  7. this has to be one of the best and most amazing things you have made, can you tell I love it?!!

  8. This is magnificent. I've been wanting a cape and I think I am totally inspired by yours. You've set the bar really high!

  9. wow this is just gorgeous, love love love. I have cape envy

  10. Wow. It is one of the nicest capes I've seen and I love the choice of fabric and lining- the sweet floral inside complements the warm beige. Wonderful and just right for winter!

  11. Oh Gail, Im sorry to hear you didnt have enought fabric. Maybe try with another pattern??

    ohh girls.. im so excited you all liked my cape. I was not going to make another one soon but with so many nice comments even I got excited to make one more ! xx

    Thank you so much !

  12. Gorgeous! I have this pattern too and keep looking at it to make up!

  13. You make me want to make a cape. But alas I don't think I can pull it off. But you, you look AMAZING in your beautiful garment. Well done!

  14. I love the cape! It looks fabulous!

  15. Beautiful! It looks amazing both on and off !! Very well done. xx

  16. You have done the pattern sleeve justice, she's amazing Rachel, the fabric choice, lining, everything. It's uber chic, well done lady.

  17. What a lovely cape, so stylish! I'm making a cape next, and seeing your fab version makes me feel inspired for my own :)

  18. Wow Racel! What an incredible job you did! You are so talented! I so love this cape /coat . Wow.

  19. This cape is so so beautiful - really sophisticated!

  20. This is absolutely stunning! I haven't liked many of the capes made this fall/winter but this one is superb!

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