This project knocks out two goals with one stone. First goal: a cape! I have been scoping out different cape patterns for a while. I really like the Woodland Stroll cape from Oliver + S and like any self-respecting craft hoarder I even own the pattern. I planned on making that with some velvet I picked up at a second hand store. Tragedy struck and there was not enough velvet to make it. Flash forward to a pattern sale at a certain big box store… an enticement that is always too much of a draw for me. Vogue patterns were on super sale and that leads me to the second goal: complete a Vogue pattern. I feel like the Vogue patterns are always a bit more complex and have beautiful finishing details. This one is a Very Easy Vogue but I still think it counts!
This pattern is V8959 and has more of a vintage style to it than the Woodland. I am really into the big collar, and flared drape. I made view A – I like the mid-length but I am short so I went with the shortest option. With a 37″ bust I choose the Large size. I wear a size 6 in street clothes.
The only problem I ran into was I wish the lining was a little longer. You hem the lining up 1.25″ and the cape 5/8″. I would hem the lining more like 1″ or even 7/8″ sew I could have slip stitched it to the top of the shell’s hem.
WHAT I DID
The fabric is from a big box. It is like 100% petroleum or acrylic or whatever suiting but it hangs like a dream. It reminds me of houndstooth. I also picked it because the scale was small enough to not look crazy at the seams. I used a red and white polka dot for the lining for contrast. I am very pleased with my choices!
The front fit well but the shoulders and back were crazy. I took out about 4″ total from the sides/arm and also changed the shape. I took about about 5″ from each back seam.
I pinned at the shoulder edge and then pinched out the fullness down through my arm. I marked the new stitching line with my trusty water soluble and then laid tracing paper over the fabric.
I traced the original pattern shape and then roughed out the new stitching line. I used pattern rulers to smooth out the curve.
I cut the shape out and used it like a template to draw the stylized line onto the actual fabric.
Then I sewed on that line and trimmed the seam allowance. I did the same for the back seams. I took care to not change the seam allowance at the neck line so I would not have to redesign the collar piece.
While trimming the bottom hem at the front I snipped the lining like a rank amateur. Because the lining was too short there was about 1/2″ left unfinished at the bottom front corners of the main fabric. I was pinking that and cut right into the lining hem. I used the automatic mending stitch to put the cut back together. I, of course, did not have any red thread and used the white that I already in the machine. I was terribly sad at this turn of events as it happened while I was totally finished. Luckily, I had one extra button and sewed it over the bad spot! So now it is there if I loose a button and no one has to know I broke one of the cardinal rules of sewing! (Never put the blade over fabric you don’t want cut.)
Final verdict: A success!!!!