Added Sep 29, 2010
I started this capelet last winter and put it aside until after spring/summer was over. I am SOOO glad I did. I finally figured out how to finish the bottom of the capelet with faux leather with a finished back and a triple stack bow (which I am in LOVE with) and a magnetic snap.
I used brushed plaid cotton and a chinese poly brocade with a cherry blossom print. I added the pocket when I first started it so I couldn’t do a welt pocket for a better finish. I added a black chain to the bottom so it would hang better (thank you Coco Chanel for your brilliance). I hand sewed each chain link to the inside and added a little to the tips. The hood could have been a little better, but again I did it last year and my skills have improved since, but I think it turned out really well. I really tried hard to match the plaid.
I drafted the pattern myself. It’s pretty much a circle skirt and the hood I drafted. I decided to have the closure up farther on my neck for a more asymmetrical look. The chinese brocade was a pain to sew because it frays soo easily even after using pinking shears.
You can style this so many different ways depending on your mood and where you’re going. I tried really hard so this wouldn’t look like a costume.I paired mine with my Sonia Rykiel for H&M knit jumper, Micheal Kors heels, and a deal shirt that ties at the neck in the front.
My mom was visiting and she loves to take photos. This is a little park next to my house. It was the best I could do. I wish I lived somewhere else to get better background photos. I did get eat’n by mosquitos while taking these photos it was a little rough.
I entered this into the CraftStylish jacket contest (capelet=jacket?) cross your fingers for me!! please :)
Brushed plaid cotton, red cherry blossom print chinese poly brocade, faux leather (some on bias), magnetic snap, thread, leather needle,stitch witchery in black, heavy weight flat black chain, time & patience.
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