I’ve made a couple of capes – the Woodland Stroll cape from Liesl & Co to be precise, which has been malingering in my pattern stash since it was first released. The first to be worn was this navy blue one made from left over wool flannel from trousers I made Mark last year.
The lining is thick black silk, also left over from his trousers. This is one luxurious cape! Here it is in action in a local coffee shop – sorry the photo is out of focus.
I had really wanted a plaid cape, but as no plaid was forthcoming from my stash, I found some plaid buttons lurking in the button box(es), so used them instead. I like the contrast. I used snaps instead of buttonholes as my machine was being serviced, but it’s home again so I may fix this.
After the first one, I decided I needed a second one, but this time I decided that I would add 7.5cm to the length of the front and back. This one is made from felted wool left over from my Sydney Jacket. I lined it with a minty green silk, which I’ve had since the dark ages.
Archie chose the buttons for this one. They are large turquoise buttons from the 1970s and I love them, and, surprisingly, they go with most of the things I would choose to wear with this jacket, including the madder dyed silk shirt and new brown trousers.
Both capes form part of my Sew a Seasonal Wardrobe challenge, and I’ve also worn them for the Me-Made-May’16 challenge. I’m also pleased that they are both made completely from scraps (admittedly large scraps!) and all notions came from my stash.
This will not be the last you see of the Woodland Stroll Cape as I have another almost finished, but then it will be time for me to move on.