I finally got round to taking photos of the Drape Drape No. 2 Cape which I made waaaay back in December.
Some are doubled up but that’s 14 pieces of fabric right there.
It was a bit of a puzzle to put together but the whole process was full of those “oh, so THAT’S how it works” moments and a really good challenge. The actual cape part is really just a extended flutter sleeve – that large semi-circle (above right) is one side/sleeve. The rectangular piece is one part of the centre front. The left pic shows all parts of the bodice.
I had to hastily hand stitch the centre front up a good 15cms more than suggested as it was gaping and I didn’t like the way it confused the line. A gaping top meant a right-side up triangle (the cape) and an inverted triangle (the neckline) in the design and it was too much.
Those gathered parts on the side are one of my favourite things about this pattern. They look like pockets, and probably could be modified, but they’re just a design feature. Quite flattering and really finishes the design.
Which leads us to the question of where to carry your bag when wearing this. Under the cape and fussing with the bits all the time? Over the cape and ruin the design?
I think the answer might be a smaller bag or, even better, less stuff and more pockets. RocknRoll cat seemed to agree.
This was just a muslin but I’m pleased it worked out and I can actually wear it out. In fact, I had a couple of compliments when I wore it out last Friday. I think the next time, I’ll use a heavier fabric, perhaps in check but definitely in purple, maybe with a contrasting lining. I love the idea of swishing around London in something wonderful, what a great way to brighten up the drizzling, rainy weather.
I haven’t seen many of these on the internet but The talented Sew Convert has a beautiful version (as well as many other gorgeous clothes).