A reversible Cape....
I made this this week! Waiting for my seam gauge and my invisible zipper foot, I thought that I would go back to my 12 in 2012 list and see what I could make in the mean time. Yes, I know Spring is coming and a thick winter-woolen/tweed cape is somewhat season-inappropriate but I was giddy after my UK fabric shopping and found the navy and black fabric for €2.50 a metre! Yummy!
The 'Dusk Dinner Date Cape' came from a.... twinteraction with @SewYou (Abi) where she was wishing that she had made her cape but being too late. NOOOO! A cape is perfect for a 'Dusk Dinner Date' anytime of the year... 365. Visit Sew You Handmade, it's inspiring what that lass can do with a sewing machine and a piece of fabric!
I also won, at Christmas, the Sewing Directory Advent Giveaway (Day #8 I think) 3 metres of the fabric of my choice- so I chose the Black Wool Coating @ £10.50/metre. I cannot believe I won something!!! Wow, that never happens to me! Seriously, I am so grateful for this beautiful coating from Abakhan Fabrics who sponsored the Sewing Directory Advent Giveaway. Genuinely, If you want something sewing related, go to the Sewing Directory first... they will help you.
After sewing the seam allowance, trimming it and then serging it... I turned the cape the right way round and added top-stitching the entirety. I LOVE it, looks so professional and finished. Just, yummy.
I failed a *bit* on the lining-up of the hood.....
....but nothing too horrendous.
I could have added loads more buttons, but chose not to. I like the simplicity and wrap-around-ability of this finished cape. I have 5 trips back to the UK this year- all by ferry. Now, you can take the girl out of Yorkshire and all that and being savvy, thrifty and down-right tight with my money- I go on the 2am ferry which is the cheapest! Minimal passengers and relentless air conditioning mean that it gets ruddy cold on that starry and windy ferry, so this will be a godsend! Its my wearable blanket and I love it.
My first button....
12 in 2012...
No. 5 of Separates... Butterwick 3566 Cape.
No. 11 and 12 of Skills... Necklines and Buttons
No. 8 and 11 of Things.... Wildcard (Seam Gauge, now) and Invisible Zipper Foot. These arrived halfway through the making!
Time Taken: 10 hours
Cost: FREE wool lining from winning the Sewing Directory Christmas Advent Competition, €8 on the blue/black tweed, Upcycled Buttons = FREE and €1 on the industrial navy thread and the pattern €2.40
TOTAL = €11.40
TOTAL = €11.40
Make again? Yes, for a friend or if I found some more beautiful tweed. Its just a great showcase for beautiful fabric.
Oh yeah.... here is my 'Date' getting in on the action.....
... I don't know if he's a lucky man or I'm a lucky gal