Sunday, 2 April 2017

M7477 ~ Cape of our Hero

Ok, so I stole the title from a song by one of my favourite bands. I couldn't resist. I'm a metal-head who likes to sew and for once the 2 have come together. Who'd of thought? If you read on, you'll see why I thought it just seems kinda appropriate for this make.  Anyway, Moving on...😏

 I have wanted to make a cape for the last couple of years. I kept seeing them, admiring them and thinking "I need to make one of these!" But that's as far as I got.
About a year ago, I actually started to look at patterns. But the more I looked, the more I started to think that a cape is just going to swamp me. I'm not too comfortable with lots of excess fabric around my body. And what of our windiest climate in the land that I live in? Surely wearing a cape I am  literally going to turn into a Super Hero and take off in the wind?!!

So I had more or less poo-poo'd the idea when I came across M7477. It was View C which appealed, with it's shorter length, high collar and belt around the middle. I pinned it, kept looking around, but kept coming back to to it. 

I sent for some fabric swatches and instantly fell in love with this beautiful wool tweed. It was bought, as was the pattern, and a match was made. That was last October. This was made in March!

The fabric was purchased from Minerva Crafts but it's since sold out. I really wanted a beautiful gold colour for lining and I very nearly ordered some. What stopped me was seeing this lovely raspberry pink on the shelf that was gifted to me from my Mum's friend. There is quite a few metres of it so it seemed daft not to use it when it does actually match.

You can see the lining peeping out at the sleeve here

I know that Spring is now here, but I'm kind of hoping that this will see me through on the cooler days when I don't actually want to wear a bulky coat. And it's not raining. Or windy. And I have somewhere nice to go. Ha! And that's of course if I can get used to wearing it as well! Like this as I do, I'm just not sure yet if it's really me. Plus, it has one minor flaw which, when done up and belted, it's nigh impossible to raise your hands above your head! Not that I'm some raving loony that goes racing around with my arms in the air, but it's kind of restricted, you know? But we'll see. I love the look of it so I intend to persevere.

This is about as high as your arms will get!

Undone, it looks a completely different jacket, but I can't see myself wearing it like this

The whole thing went together really quickly. Which was just as well considering. There I was, sat in the sewing room, minding my own business getting ready to sew the collar on, when in walks DH with a crowbar! He had decided it was time to finish the rest of my (unfinished) sewing room and start by ripping out an unwanted wardrobe! But anyway, more about that in a later post. Fortunately I was able to finish this off in a different room. I used Seam Tape Interfacing on all the seams to stop them from stretching whilst sewing and to also give it some stability. I love this stuff!!

The front is fastened with snap fasteners (size 10 press studs). I was going to sew buttons onto the outside to finish it off, but I sewed on one and decided it look much better without any. So I've left it.  The belt is attached by leaving gaps in the side front and side back seams so the belt can be threaded through to the inside

I was also going to stitch a patch pocket to the inside of the lining, so I at least had some kind of pocket, but with the upheaval of packing up, when I finally came back to finish this, I'd forgotten all about the pocket. In went the lining and that was that. By the time I thought about the pocket, it was too late! Not to worry, I am happy with this the way it is. The fabric sells it. It wouldn't matter what you made in this fabric, it's just so lovely, anything would look nice. And it feels so luxurious when I am wearing it.

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Happy Sewing!


  1. I think a cape is one of those garments that is all round useful, especially when you are not quite sure what to wear. I love them, but like you, haven't made one up. It's a pity you can't lift your arms up - I think the belt would have to be tied loosely to achieve that, which is not the look you would want, with your tiny waist you need the belt to be firm. I love the pink peeks! I think you will have this for years..

    1. Thank you Sarah Liz. Yes I hope it sees me through for years to come. You are right, I do need it belted. I know I wont wear it otherwise.

  2. What a beautiful cape! I love the fabric and the lining is perfect in the raspberry color. Capes are the one garment I do not have fit issues with and in fact, I have 2 ready to wear ones but have yet to make one. Your cape is just so gorgeous and you look great in it! It goes perfectly with the pants too!

    1. Thank you Tomasa!I can totally visualise you in a cape, I bet the ones you have look lovely on you.

  3. What a great cape! Love your fabric selection and the lining color is perfect. I have made a cape in the past and it too was hard to raise your arms. I'm sure if you needed to be a superhero, you could quickly undo the belt and then race off into the sky to the rescue!