13.10.08

plaid cape

I recently spent a few weeks making this plaid cape, inspired by the APC cape modeled beautifully here by Erica. Remarkably, I had the buttons already, which I had found in my mother's button jar (one of my favourite things to play with when I was little). I bought the plaid wool at World Sew on Queen, and the lining is navy broadcloth.

It is easy to find vintage cape patterns online. I used McCalls' 9028 from 1967, but McCalls' 9550 from 1968 is readily available on Etsy and I think it is a nicer pattern. It wasn't too difficult to make, but I had some trouble with the lining. As a result, I am not thrilled with the way it drapes, but I don't think this is something I will wear very often.

I wore this cape the night of Nuit Blanche, and while my friends complimented me on it, I got a lot of weird looks while walking around at 3AM in the freezing cold. I also got a "Nice poncho" from a drunken lout (unfortunately, Nuit Blanche crowds seem to be primarily made up of boring drunken louts, and also of clove cigarette smokers, yuck). Still, a new friend who lives in New York told me he liked it and identified it immediately as "so APC." So that was nice.

8 comments:

  1. wow i can't believe you made this! amazing! are you taking orders? LUXURY

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  2. needless to say, i am so impressed (and a little embarrassed that i don't know how to sew)!

    one thing i will say about my cape is that the two slits (instead of arm holes) really helps it drape nicely. one of the slits is the diagonal button closure.

    i haven't worn my cape yet, but it's still too warm for wool outerwear. i think yours is lovely, and the buttons look perfect with that plaid!

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  3. W2ow I am well impressed at your skills!

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  4. that is awesome...i have a few patterns for coats and am too scared to try them out!
    i love the fabric that you've chosen!

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  5. anabela, this is awesome! you are constantly amazing with all the goodness you are cranking out!

    ..i haven't gotten teased or whatever about my wardrobe in a little while, but i think mine may have toned down a bit?? which is weird.. but anyway, i wonder sometimes if other girls get teased..like is it a matter of confidence? i can usually sense when someone will have an problem with what i'm wearing, so in return do they act on what i am expecting? haha you know, kinda like the way dogs smell fear? it's so silly.

    my friend, who has always been a nice dresser, was wearing a suit to go to dinner with some friends in a trendy hipster area downtown..he had either just come from a wake, or work, i can't remember which, but someone yelled to him across the way, "we don't want any republicans here!" hahah like..what? they weren't even joking. he's not a republican, btw.

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  6. Thanks, everyone, you are too kind!

    Tara: I thought at first that I could make more of these, but it was kind of a pain to make! Maybe next year, haha.

    Erica: My cape is totally amateur and if you saw it in person it probably wouldn't compare at all to the real thing! I did wish I had chosen a pattern with slits, I have to admit. It's a little awkward without them.

    Caitlin: I don't usually care about what people think, but that night I did get an extraordinary amount of comments, and it was totally weird and unexpected. I do think it is a matter of confidence, and I am rarely the most confident person. That said, it has always been a pet peeve of mine when people say things like "And why are you so dressed up" when someone wears a nice skirt or a tie. Like you need a reason to wear something nice! Ah well.

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  7. the cape is cute-y and the plaid is perfect. Very british and apc (which i love to death).

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  8. Thanks, Karyn! Someone said it was "part hippie, part Victorian" -- I hope she didn't mean that it was costume-y!

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