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Blue riding hood

Added Sep 12, 2012

by machelefranklin

Paris, France






This cape took me ages to finish, but it was worth it.
I took the pattern in a 2009 Burda Magazine (BWOF 08-2009 #111). The project was done in a creamy gabardine in the mag, but I wasn’t too much into the “Inspector Gadget” feel of it, so I used a dark blue wool instead, and some blue polka dots crepe fabric for the lining.

I had sewn very few projects before, and had never used a pattern, so this project was a bit tricky for me. It took me many months to get the pieces together – I couldn’t understand a word of the instructions at that time ;)

I made the cape just like in the mag, but the result was a bit too severe for me. With the blue, red and white buttons I looked like an Air Franc pilot … (was I told).

So I took it back to my sewing table, and made a few changes : I swaped the collar for a hood (much better for rainy days), removed the belt and its loops, and changed the front buttons for press-studs.

It was a good excercise, and now I just looove it.
More pictures on my blog, but sorry the explanations are in french.

Material Notes

Wool, crepe lining.




Fall, Winter
Garment Type

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    Sep 15, 2012, 11.33 AMby machelefranklin

    Thanks everybody for the nice comments

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    Sep 15, 2012, 03.13 AMby alekat

    Wow that looks so good! Good on you for winging it with the hood and so on. I sometimes find burda magazine to be a bit ‘mature’ so I agree with modifying the patterns to suit your style.

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    Sep 13, 2012, 08.01 AMby pambox


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    Sep 13, 2012, 03.52 AMby poppykettle

    totally kickarse. I love the spots on the inside against the stripes of your top too! :)

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    Sep 12, 2012, 09.14 PMby Mary Athey

    its fab!! i love your lining choice as well x

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    Sep 12, 2012, 05.53 PMby katrinahueniken

    Those buttons are adorable. It looks really awesome on you!

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    Sep 12, 2012, 05.15 PMby MadeinAmandine

    elle est parfaite… pourtant je ne suis pas une grande fan de capes mais celle ci est vraiment super ! bravo, elle te va très bien !

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    Sep 12, 2012, 04.14 PMby cathysews

    super gorgeous

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    Sep 12, 2012, 03.50 PMby DanaRose84

    Love it! I’ve been wanting to make a cape for ages but with the time and materials commitment, I haven’t yet taken the plunge.

    I love your idea to add a hood!

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