The “Warm Hug” Cape
Fabric: Kelly Green Wool Coating,
Navy Twill Menswear Rayon Lining (in stash 20 years)
Pattern: Vogue 9968
Notions: Big button and press stud from stash
Time to complete: 3 hours – plus 1 hour handsewing at the skate park – not counted!
First worn: June 2012
Wear again? Yes easily
Total Cost: $40? 10 years ago!
You know I really wanted to do another Mad Men inspired dress so apologies for the tenuous inspiration. After decided I was making this green cape I googled “TV” and “Green Cape” and convieniently, up popped the Wonderful Samantha from Bewitched who had a green flying cape. I watched this all the time as a kid – loved her beautiful face, helmet hair, bright clothes and crazy magical antics.
It’s quite cold now in Sydney, so I feel like making warm things. I have had this wool in my stash since BC (before children) so approximately 10 years. I had planned to make a skirt in it originally. But there was just enough fabric to make this cape – as I have gone off the skirt idea.
The pattern calls for fake fur to be used – so does not advise the use of interfacing, but as I know things like collars and fronts (where there will be buttons) perform better with the support of some interfacing I put some in.
I am very happy to finally use up this fabric – I love this Kelly Green colour. It is one of the colours in my “It was meant to be – Blouse”.
This pattern is so easy! Hooray! I think this would be an ideal project for a beginner.
And this spongy fabric is also great for beginners. It is beautiful to sew. It goes where you put it, is resiliant and if you gently press it on the reverse side (inside) or use a pressing cloth – you can mould and shape it easily (not like awful springy polyester).
I was wearing this cape while spending some time with my computer one night recently and the room was cold, but I felt warmer and warmer – such is the beauty of wool’s insulating properties. It was just like a warm hug. I am really pleased with it.
If you see some pure wool going cheap I suggest you grab it and make something easy! Group hug!
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