Added Dec 5, 2010
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Winter in California is a unique season. While even at night it rarely gets below freezing, unlike our cold-weather friends in the northeast it is most likely to be the same temperature inside as it is outside. With single-paned windows and heaters that work sporadically if installed at all, we suffer a very certain type of cold. Sure, it’s only 50 degrees, but that’s inside my office.
So while I will not be sewing any bulky winter coats, I was looking to make something that was warm, light and stylish—perfect for brisk mornings and typing at my computer. Made of embroidered wool with a flannel lining, it is warm and cozy enough that I am tempted to just curl up inside it until Spring. That said, the floral embroidery could cary this piece into summer, where temperatures are also about 50 degrees.
The cape is made from an out-of-print McCall’s pattern , which is still available on their website. They also sell an updated version , which has a second collar option. The instructions for both, however are for unlined capes, which misses all of the possibilities of a beautiful contrast lining, not to mention replacing scratchy wool with a soft flannel for added warmth. Like Pam in Virginia , I decided to line mine and provide you with all the written instructions.
Fabric: embroidered wool for cape ($14/yd) and flannel for lining ($5/yd)
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