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|BurdaStyle Magazine: 08-2011-112 (Fashion Excursion Cape) - Type:Coat/Jacket |
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|Posted on:||11/3/13 5:48 PM |
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|Pattern Description: This cape is for the modern women who likes style and couture details. It has concealed buttons and a beautiful cutaway collar. We can see this cape being worn over a dress or even a pair of jeans.|
Pattern Sizing: 36-44. I made a 42 with major decrease in the shoulders.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Pretty close, but I chose to add a self drafted hood.
Were the instructions easy to follow? They have all the info but it's a bit confusing to follow along. They are sparse for sure. I deviated from them as I included a lining (the pattern is not lined), added a hood and did some top stitching.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I wanted a cape that wasn't too flouncy and huge, this one was one of the more tailored ones I found. I planned to make this Vogue cape pattern but they didn't have my size when I ran to the fabric shop.
The shoulder were MASSIVE and I ended up taking in the shoulder by more then four inches (10.2 cm)-- I looked like an absolute linebacker with those gigantic oversized shoulders in the original design! I think I could have made the smallest size and been ok! A quickie muslin should be made if you plan to use some expensive, precious fabric. I lucked out and was able to alter during my sewing process.
Fabric Used: I used an Aztec style print on a wool blend coating. I lined it with a slippery dark brown polyester fabric.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
-Like I said, I took the shoulders in quite a bit, about four inches (10.2 cm.)
-I drafted a hood using this nice, simple tutorial I found on Burda. (I found it after I started my project... funny how similar mine is to that cape on there!!) I hand sewed it on to the cape.
-I added a lining. It was an easy thing to do. I simply made an entire second cape (excluding the facings.) I sewed it in before attaching the facings. I then sewed on the facings and hand sewed the facings to the lining.
-There are 4 buttons concealed in the facing. I sewed all the holes but only sewed on one button. I just liked how just one button looked and felt. The pattern instructions don't give a button size, this one is about 1 1/4" (3.2 cm.)
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I'd likely not sew it again because a girl only needs so many capes. I do recommend this pattern but know like most Burda directions, they are sparse.
Conclusion: I sewed this cape along with the dress I'm wearing in the photos for a sewing competition. I'm really pleased I was challenged to make something that I would have passed by in the past. After wearing them for the photo shoot at 8 AM on a crisp autumn Sunday morning in the woods I knew I loved it so! It kept me warm and it was so easy to wear.
See lots of photos and more info on my blog Kathy Sews. You can also see how I made the knit dress as well in the post, plus see more about the sewing competition I made all this for!
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