I have been eyeing capes for awhile now. I made my daughter one two years ago for Christmas. I always had it in my mind I could take the pattern I used for her and upsize it for myself. I even bought fabric for the project well over a year ago.
And as most things go around here. It never got done. Capes are still trendy, so I figured I had better get busy making one before it was past it’s time. And speaking of time, this little project lined up perfectly with the “Project Sewn” challenge - The Fashion Era Challenge. I was specifically thinking of 60’s capes when I was brainstorming my ideas. Although honestly when I did some research, capes have been popular throughout the ages. There are only a few eras where they were out of style.
In the end I figured it would be easier to tailor an already made pattern for women into something I wanted. So I picked up this McCall’s pattern, M6446, when it was on sale for 70cents.
On the original pattern I wasn’t a huge fan of the collar, and I wanted my cape to have a little less volume on the bottom. And as a bonus challenge I had purchased only 2 yards of fabric years ago for this project, and the pattern called for almost 3 yards. This was my make it work moment.
I ended up taking off some of the volume in the side panels. I think I could have taken more off, but I’m happy with it. I also created my own collar detail so the collar would be turned up and button. So far I have only added two buttons. I have two more to sew on, but I can’t decide if I want them. I am a little afraid it will pull at the chest, and I really don’t want that to happen. So I might be happy leaving it with only two buttons and then adding the buttons to the back of the coat.
Because when I went to buy buttons today, which was the only reason I needed to run to the store, I forgot I needed buttons for the back.
Maybe if I did add the buttons to the front, it wouldn’t gape so much at the bottom and show the lining and pocket lining. Hmmm, I may have made my decision.
It does look alright completely unbuttoned.
I did get this project sewn up in a week, but an exterior garment, especially one I decide to fully line (even though the pattern didn’t call for it), takes up a lot of time. It’s one of those pieces that probably isn’t worth sewing up, unless you really want something specific, or if you happen to have a lot of free time.
Speaking of lining. I had even less lining fabric than the wool for the exterior. I thought it wouldn’t matter if the lining had less volume than the coat, except I wanted to sew it at every edge. So I ended up having to sew in some weird wedges to make it work. I don’t think you would normally notice it when wearing it, but I know it’s there.
So how do you feel about capes? I’m definitely excited to wear mine when it’s gets colder outside!