14.4.09

silk capelet

Last night I finally assembled this capelet that I have been meaning to make for months. I think I cut the pieces in December! Last fall I acquired a number of sample bolts of fabric from a local fashion designer, and this silk fabric was from one of those bolts. It's more of an oyster colour than it appears here. It's quite stiff but lovely, and so luxurious. It's possible that it was originally intended as a lining fabric, but I think it is too lovely to hide away. I don't mind if it looks a bit bridal because I will wear it with decidedly un-bridal clothing.

I had thought about making silk capelets for the Etsy shop but now realize that it wouldn't be ideal. A major issue is that this fabric has to be handled very carefully -- the slightest hint of water or steam and it's ruined. It would also crease very badly in transit.

So, this little capelet will just be for me. It will join my cape collection: so far I have a Paul & Joe Sister cape, and an A.P.C.-inspired cape. I never did keep a Blair capelet for myself.

I haven't decided how to finish it yet. I want to keep it simple. I had thought of making a scalloped hem (I practiced!) with a simple bow neck. I tried to make a ruffled neck but this fabric doesn't gather very nicely at all, either with a hem or a folded ruffle. I'm happy to take suggestions!

10 comments:

  1. wow! this is beautiful..

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  2. I love it just as it is. Maybe a special button or bow at the neck?

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  3. Thank you both! Yes, good idea, Jane. I think I shall keep it simple. It's going to look like an old-fashioned bed jacket, but silk! I love that.

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  4. Lovely work! too bad won't work for etsy, in other fabrics it could though. :-)

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  5. Maybe something like a small gold chain as a cape closure might be interesting? And I love that Paul & Joe Sister cape, you look chic and lovely.

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  6. Exquisite creation! Oh, I wish I knew how to sew.......

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  7. it's so beautiful. i would wear this! :)
    i loved karyn's post on you guys. both of you are such an inspiration. sigh. :)

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  8. so lovely! if you and your man ever have a special occasion you want to celebrate you should go for afternoon tea at the Windsor Arms hotel. It's just around Bay and Bloor, right by the McKinsey offices... oooh! It's delicious and posh, and would go perfectly with this capelet.

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  9. Thank you, ladies! And thanks for the suggestion, Stephanie. That's a good idea.

    Melissa, that is very sweet!

    Bee: We've actually been to the Windsor Arms for tea -- a couple of years ago, on my birthday! It was so perfect, except that my birthday is near Christmas and it was a bit busy. I had an Earl Grey with roses tea that was absolutely divine. The only trouble is that afternoon tea is very filling and rich and I couldn't eat any dinner that day! Still, I loved it and went back this past Christmas with my co-workers. Lovely!

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  10. It's SO beautiful!

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