This cape is long overdue!
I began this process over a year ago! Yep, the previous blog post, which was over a year ago, was when I began cutting the pattern pieces. Then, I just stopped.
But, I dusted myself off, restarted and created an elegant cape that is comfortable, warm, chic and flows with the wind.
And the best part about this trendy cape is… it use to be a bedspread that costed me less than $5. If I were to purchase this, ha, we’re talking about ten times that price.
The pattern used for this cape is McCall’s M6446.
Anyhoo, I adjusted the side panels of the cape, creating an off-center front. However, being that I’m still a newbie to sewing, I didn’t realize that this would affect the collar. So I had to adjust the collar accordingly. Which took me forever! For some reason, I just couldn’t figure out the proper shape and measurements. Eventually, after a really long time, that was so extended, that I can’t even recollect how long it was, I figured it out. For someone more experienced, the modification might not have been as big of a deal, but for me the collar was tedious. So my collar does not look like the pattern picture, but me likey and is satisfied!
Other modifications included the addition of a second row of buttons to create a double breasted look. Being that it’s plaid, lining up the buttons were a breeze. Also, I removed the front welt pockets because it just looked wrong and not cute. The pockets that I kept I were suppose to bind, but, honestly, I didn’t quite understand why I needed to, soooo I decided not to. Which is the same reason why I didn’t bind the bottom of the cape as instructed. I just hemmed it.
Overall, I learned so much from sewing this. It was my first time top-stitching, and making a collar, and welt pockets…which, one side is sorta messed up. Nonetheless, given my level of expertise, I’m proud of the garment. And the compliments I receive from random strangers when I wear this (and I’ve worn this several times) makes me feel like it’s pretty darn cute for $5!
P.S. – you are loved!