The ‘Capelet of Yay’
I’m slowly catching up on all the challenges I missed blogging about between March and May, and here is my VIP fabric challenge, made with the very specialist of special fabrics: one of the few fabrics in my stash that I didn’t inherit, didn’t buy for a specific project, but bought out of pure, unadulterated love.
Because, really, how could you not love this fabric?
It was quite naughty of me to buy it. Even at 50% off, it was very pricey fabric, and yellow is not the best colour on me, as much as I adore it. And I didn’t have a project in mind, and velvet is evil to sew. But, oh, that fabric!
So it sat in my stash for a year, adored, but unused. Then I decided to replicate a 1930s capelet, and give it a modern twist. The perfect use! Of course such delicious fabric required an equally delicious lining, and the only thing in my stash that vaguely matched was black silk habotai. Boring.
So off to the fabric store, and (after an hour of deliberation, wicked suggestions from the shop attendants that the velvet was un-matcheable and I should give it to them, and lots of money later) I found this silk twill. I loved how modern the gold and teal are together, and liked the print. Only once I had bought it did I notice the bird print. I love bird prints.
The capelet went together with lots and lots of hand-stitching (velvet is evil).
And I love it! It’s so fabulous and versatile and cozy and fun and elegant all at the same time. I can wear it so many different ways.
The photoshoot was a happy accident. I popped into my favourite craft store for the beads to finish it, sewed them on sitting on the comfy couches, and then the proprietors took photos of me in the cape in front of all the crafty pogey bait and the class displays.
Just the facts, Ma’am:
Fabric: 2m of silk-rayon velvet in golden yellow for the outer, 1.5 m of silk twill for the lining (wider width = less fabric).
Pattern: Self-drafted based on the late 1930s cape-stole
Year: Late 1930s
Notions: Thread, glass beads for wrapping.
Hours: 6. Silk velvet takes a lot of basting!
First Worn: On a chilly autumn day to visit all my favourite craft stores. I realised on the way I should photograph it – lucky I had my camera. Unluckily I didn’t have any makeup on, and didn’t even have a lip balm in my purse!
Will you make this again? Yes! This cape only gets better – it can be worn in so many ways, goes from formal evening to super casual (I’m going to make it up in jersey!) and I love it.
Any changes? Nope. It’s just perfect. Though I am working on alternative versions, because I can.
Total cost: Somewhere around NZ$65 (US$50ish). The silk velvet was very pricey, so was the silk twill lining.
And the inside?: Well, it’s completely bag lined and technically reversible – so you can’t get any more perfect!