The Sleuthing Outfit | Debi Fry
Fabric: Blue checked tweed fabric £5 for 3.5 yards (charity shop find), cotton batting interlining £6/yd and grey lining fabric £1 (same charity shop find)
Patterns: McCall 8501
Notions: Buttons £5, belt buckle: £3
Time to complete: 8 hours this week, 12 hours previously for a total of 20 hours
First worn: February 2011
Wear again? Yes!!
Total Cost: ~£20
I love capes. They make me want to solve mysteries and becoming a sleuth like Sherlock Holmes! This week’s theme made me want to finish this cape pattern that I started a month ago. It’s from a 1935 pattern…don’t you just adore the pattern cover:
The pattern is really interesting as it’s a faux jacket (there is no jacket back) attached to the cape. So, it’s a bit of a coat-cape. I’m wearing it with my high-waisted trousers made from the 1941 Simplicity repro pattern:
It uses up some amazing tweed fabric that I got in a charity shop find last year! I got the lining fabric (which matches) in the same charity shop. This was my first time lining and interlining anything (which is why it took so long to sew). I hand hemmed everything and attached the lining and collar by hand as well. I really adore sewing with tweed–it is so lovely to work with (even with three layers).
I definitely want to try more cape patterns as I love how capes drape in the back!!
We took these photos just off the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. There are loads of really neat nooks called ‘closes’. We took some of the photos in the ‘Advocate’s Close’, which is one of my favorites:
Can’t you just imagine this area in the 1930’s (or earlier)….I love it!!
What do you think? Have you ever sewn a cape? Would you wear one?