After the briefest day or two of sunshine, rain and cold have returned for the rest of February, and I have been grateful to wear my new warm, grey woolen cape. Unfortunately the wind and the rain have made photographing it difficult, and I was happy to get even a few photos despite the dim light and the hard wind that was pulling my hair every direction during our walk.
This is my second version of Vogue 8959. This time I made view B, but added more buttons down the front using the button guide from view A to determine the distances between them. I wanted a warmer cape, so it needed to close down the front instead of flapping open. I used the same black leather buttons that I used on my previous version of the cape, reviewed here. I also topstitched the seams by hand like I did on my short cape, since I was pleased with how it looked.
The fabric is a charcoal grey wool-blend coating, found at the thrift store, but since I wanted it to be very warm, I underlined all the pieces in large scraps of cotton flannel left over from making my nightgown and robe, reviewed here. The fabric I used for the lining is also from the thrift store. It is a shiny black acetate, I believe, judging from the feel of the fabric. It wasn’t very easy to work with, because it was very slippery and frayed a great deal. It behaved the worst at the buttonholes, where it started fraying around my hand stitching. Luckily I had some fray-check which I used on the buttonholes and haven’t had any problems with them since.
Mr and Mrs Rat
Mr and Mrs Rat like to sew.