Well, yes, in a way I am! This Woodland stroll cape began life as a blanket which was on sale in Bed, Bath & Table, and it is the snuggliest thing ever.
The inside is that fluffy polyester stuff that isn’t really woven in – more like compressed into the fabric and when it’s cut it rains white crumbs everywhere. I’m still sweeping them up.
I added pockets to this cape, because I knew I would love sinking my hands into all that snuggly loveliness, even though they make the overall effect rather overpowering. I was surprised at how little fabric I actually had to play with, so pattern matching was a bit of a challenge. Those pockets aren’t really mirror images, although I’m pretending they are.
I used two different styles of buttons for the jacket – both of which are vintage. There are two brown and two blue and they are gorgeous. The buttons which catch the waist in are rather plain in comparison, but they are not really noticeable.
The original blanket was overlocked and blanket stitched, so I overlocked all the edges and thought I’d blanket stitch them as well. Trust me, there are metres of edges. I worked out how to blanket stitch on the overlocker (being the lazy sort), but it didn’t quite look right so I took it out and enjoyed the hand stitching. I also blanket stitched the pockets on, and blanket stitched round the buttonholes. These were a bit of a disaster – they looked like red gaping mouths, and stretched out of all recognition. I finished up binding them with bought bias binding and they are now behaving themselves.
This is the last of these Woodland capes for a while – I have other fish to fry at the moment…