Background: I saw this pattern in the 12/2009 issue, and I wanted to make it up to wear that winter. Alas, thanks to some health stuff, I never got around to making the cape. But after working on Tatiana’s dress, and to give myself some time to think about my Pippa Dress for the gala, I pulled the fabric and decided to have at it. And here it is!
Pattern Description: From the magazine, Apres-Ski Style – This short version looks great for walking around a winter sports resort, flaring outwards yet with a drawstring casing and tie-bands to attracts [sic] attention to your waist.
Sizing: 36-44. I made size 40.
Fabric Used: Sold out (sorry) iridescent reversible raincoating from Gorgeous Fabrics (natch) in Olive/Copper.
Needle/Notions Used: Universal 60/8 needle. Pro-Weft Interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply. Invisible zipper. Three gorgeous Riri zippers from Pacific Trims in New York. Gutterman thread.
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes
How were the instructions? They sucked. Truly. Reading them, I felt like I was going cross-eyed. So I tossed them aside and wung that mother.
Construction Notes: As designed, the cowl is sewn in one layer. This is fine if you’re using a fabric that is the same on both sides, but because my fabric has two distinct faces, I didn’t really like the contrast right at the center front. So after the fact, I unpicked the cowl and cut another set of front collar sections for facings, so the color is consistent. I also used some simply fabulous Riri zippers. I’m not big on the exposed zipper look (saw a lot of that at Fashion Week in New York last week, and it gets tiresome fast), but for these I made an exception. These zippers have satin zipper tapes, so they were crying out to be installed on the outside.
Likes/Dislikes: I like that much of this is very straightforward, and the pattern is drafted beautifully. This is rated intermediate, but I think it’s trickier than that. You really need to understand construction for this one. The basic cape practically sews itself, but you need to think about the construction of the cowl.
What I didn’t like? The instructions, though that’s par for the course with Burda Style magazine. Also – tracing! I really dislike it. But this one was worth it.
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? I won’t do it again. Not for any bad reasons, just because it’s a statement garment, and I can’t see having more than one in my wardrobe. I definitely recommend it, with the caveat that you need to know what you’re doing. As an aside, I saw a slightly similar cape in Barney’s last week, and it retailed for $3200! Makes me glad I sew, you know?
Conclusion: Stylish, expensive-looking, and a lot of fun! What’s not to love? Now I just need to win the lottery so I can wear it in Kitzbühl! Here’s the finished cape on Shelley: