Saturday, 9 January 2016

Big Plans

I'm still dreaming about making a cape. A few weeks ago I was out and about and I just happened to stumble upon a Kate Spade cape. I found it at Winners, you know that retail store that claims to have "the hottest brand name and designer fashion of the season," blah, blah, blah. Well, they also carry last season's hottest brand name fashions and that is where I found this Kate Spade cape from the 2014 Fall / Winter season. Even though this is so last year (and possibly a half), it is still so pretty.

Seriously pretty, and not allowed while on a RTW Fast. But that didn't stop me from taking it to the change room to try it on, gush over the gorgeous details, and snap a few pictures. Besides, quality workmanship is timeless and there is a lot of pretty details in this cape.     

It is a beautifully crafted 100% wool lined cape. And it is my inspiration for my next sewing project. A couple of months ago, I picked up this pattern, Simplicity 6680.  

It is a vintage pattern, circa 1974, and will be the foundation of my cape. The one detail missing from this pattern that I absolutely love on the Kate Spade cape are the pockets. And that is where this pattern will help out. 

I plan to borrow the welt and pocket pattern pieces from Vogue 8863 to get those pockets that I love in the Kate Spade cape. Sue over at Ilove2sew! made Vogue 8863 a few years ago and although she did not have high praises for the jacket she did for the pockets.
The welt pocket came together well and the pocket is nice and deep, perfect for a jacket.
There was one thing that I forgot to record when I was in the changing room gathering all my research material, the length. I knew that I like the length of the Kate Spade cape but I did not have a measuring tape with me in the changing room. Drats!

Thankfully, I was able to find this information online. The Simplicity pattern lists the finished length as 32" and the Kate Spade cape is a 29" length. It looks like I am all set to get to work on a toile. Yes, I'm going to make a test garment first before I cut into my fabric.  

Oh, wait until you see the fabric...  

Happy Sewing!  


  1. What a sleuth! It is going to be perfect. Red?

  2. It is lovely. I cannot wait to see your rendition.

    1. Me too. Finished are crossed it turns out as planned.

  3. This is sure to be gorgeous, especially with all the thought and planning you have done. Nice project!!

    1. Thanks for the vote of confidence, I'm not going to rush this through this project and will take my time. I plan to pre-shrink my fabric tomorrow after work.


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