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Sherlock Cape

Added Dec 26, 2010

by thistletoo

Portland, Oregon...






I picked up the fabric for this project at the Portland SCRAP store, which accepts donations of unused craft supplies and resells them to creative types like me. I got a vintage cape pattern (Simplicity 5303) along with a bunch of others off of ebay awhile ago, and somehow the two just stuck together in my head, and I was not able to unstick them… now that I think about it I also could’ve made a nice pair of pants with the fabric, but there’s enough left over for some shorts, so whatever.

I think it’s some kind of polyester blend, and it unravels like crazy! It made doing the corners kind of difficult. It isn’t very thick, and I get cold all the time, so I got some cotton flannel to use as interlining. It still isn’t overly cozy, but I should be able to wear it in the spring and fall just fine.

I like to think of this project as leading into a lined jacket or coatand it definitely showed me that I have a lot to learn! As you can probably see from the pictures, the hem is a little weird. I used stabilizing hem tape to give it some shape, but it’s showing through in a funny way and ironing doesn’t seem to fix it… oh well! And then I didn’t really know what I was doing and made it up as I went along, and especially from the inside it’s pretty wonky… and I probably should’ve used a heavier interfacing. Whatever. I’ll do better next time, I guess.

Even if the craftsmanship leaves something to be desired, I’m kind of proud of the various design decisions. The buttons and the lining match the accent threads of the fabric perfectly, and it all works together really well.




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    Feb 9, 2011, 06.46 AMby seashellg

    Love your cape. Very good work. Wow that would also make a great raincoat I think.

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    Feb 8, 2011, 09.50 PMby salvia

    This is so cute. I love vintage patterns.

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    Jan 1, 2011, 09.43 PMby Nina Žakelj

    love it!

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    Dec 27, 2010, 10.38 PMby charlotteauzou

    I love it ! Nice job

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    Dec 26, 2010, 11.14 PMby nenasew

    I love it.. It looks so smart.

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    Dec 26, 2010, 05.57 PMby ellohdesign

    Great cape!

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    Dec 26, 2010, 02.49 PMby zaarissima

    what a beautiful cape!!! great work!

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    Dec 26, 2010, 07.52 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    i love your cape and that particular style is just fab! don’t worry about all your matters, you had with this cape making it. the result is what counts and that is great!

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    Dec 26, 2010, 07.41 AMby mixtlii

    Beautiful! Really looks like Sherlock ;)

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    Dec 26, 2010, 07.17 AMby Ashlee Nemo

    This is VERY cute :) Now I want to make one!!! I lack the skills to make a jacket, but maybe I can handle a pattern like this.. Hmm.. sparkley tweed? Yes please :)

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    Dec 26, 2010, 05.53 AMby corinneski

    Great cape.

    I was sitting here thinking to myself while reading this – I know what she’s going through with all this angst about it not being perfect – happens to us all. But, you know what, if you don’t tell anyone they won’t know. And, on top of that if they compliment you on the great whatever it is you’re wearing they are ALWAYS mightily impressed when you tell them you made it. Anyway, the rest of us on BurdaStyle won’t be critical and your secret “flaws” are safe with us.

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      Feb 4, 2011, 07.22 PMby memoryseed

      Totally agree! This looks awesome to me, and knowing that you made this really is impressive.

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    Dec 26, 2010, 05.36 AMby scarletohara

    this cape is fabulous!!!! :D

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