Hey hey hey!!! Happy Monday lovely readers:)
I know some of you are like finally, a real post!!!! Yes? No? Maybe I’m hearing my guilty conscience. But I should not feel too bad though, I’ve been doing a lot, including working on the blog redesign which we have finally debuted. I hope you like it 🙂 If anything is broken or askew, send us a quick message please:)
Ok, back on track now. My super cape! I love this thing. I actually started it in December but travelled for Christmas and did not pick it back up until about two weeks ago. I managed to have it done in time to wear it in Houston for the Worship and Arts Explosion event. I got my nephew to take the photos and he did a great job.
I’ve noticed that I don’t really care for drafting my own outerwear so I found a Burda pattern to use as a base for this cape. I’ve never used any of their patterns so I thought it would be a good time to try it out. The markings were good, directions adequate but not overflowing with information. I like the pattern but I will be modifying it.
I already knew I wanted to use ankara (African wax print) for this but because it’s a medium-weight cotton I needed to add structure. I chose a navy-blue cotton twill for an underlining and sewed all the pieces together as one. The coat is unlined and I like the contrast of the blue with the print – not matchy but a nice complement.
I almost cut this fabric upside down on purpose. When I bought it, they reminded me of a Japanese style drawing of girl with a bob. But then I realised I might be the only one seeing that 🙂
I finished all the seams with bias binding from the outer fabric. I also did regular machine buttonholes in gold thread instead of bound buttonholes because of time. I planned to change that later but I already stitched down the facing and it really wasn’t that deep. Future versions will likely be bound though.
I got the buttons from a local sewing store and I love them. The flecks of gold and hint of pink in the grain are so perfect for this coat.
After rocking it in Houston, I have a few people wanting their own – so I have some more sewing to do 🙂 It’s the perfect weight for cool California nights, and worn over a sweater it holds up for chillier temperatures.