Monday, 20 February 2012

I know what I want, just not what type....

Have you ever purchased apiece of fabric with a particular use in mind, and then gone off the idea, only for the poor fabric to languish in a plastic bag all forlorn? I do this at an alarming rate. I think it has something to do with having more ideas than time. Often, I'll have a *great* idea at the start of a season, buy the material, and then by the time I find to make said item I have lost all my confidence and then struggle to make anything at all. Harrumpf!
So to my current dilemma:

Wool,£15 per metre, Mandors
I originally purchased this medium weight wool to make into this cape: 
BurdaStyle 10/2011/11
I was dubious at the time, as I worried that I would hate a cape if I made it. Potential reasons for hatred being:
  • feeling like I'd be in costume when wearing it...
  • sticking out like a sore them when wearing it...
  • looking the size of a (brown - pebbledashed?) house when wearing it...
  • not knowing what kind of handbag to wear with it...
  • not wearing it as a result of the above; and therefore wasting time and money...
The model doesn't look like a dork wearing hers, but then she and I have different shapes... I'm not saying I'd like hers or anything,  just that they are different; and I wonder how the pattern and I would get on.


Hence why this fabric waits and waits to be transformed. Here are the other patterns I am toying with.  

BurdaStyle 2/2012/11

Vogue 2538 from 2001
Vogue 2147 from who knows when
 
Then today, I saw this offering from Vivienne Westwood (I have a crush on her style), so now I'm back to thinking maybe a cape would be good:

What do you guys think?

6 comments:

  1. I think if you can find a pattern for a cape with a partial belt like the Vivienne Westwood one that is the best of both worlds - a cape that can look like a jacket. Burda have had a couple I think if you have any past issues. I have the same issues as you, if I don't make something straight away I have self doubts and change my mind hundreds of times and end up doing nothing!

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  2. Thanks Allison, it's nice to know I'm not alone on this! Especially from someone with such an impressive back catalogue. Good thinking with the belt too. I'll have a look back through the many Burdas I have and see what else I can find.

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  3. Do it! Have you tried any on in shops to see how you feel in them?
    Having perused cape option before making my own, I felt that a belted one rather than arms-sticking-through-the-holes-one was less of a jump from a jacket. When I had tried on vintage capes of this style I felt silly in them, though I love how they look on others. Also, you might want to consider length. Again a shorter cape might look more modern and definitely less dramatic if you're not wanting your outfit to scream "I AM WEARING A CAPE, EVERYONE!!' :)
    The pattern I used for mine was New Look 6007

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  4. I love your cape Kestrel, it's what's making me think making a cape is a good idea. Considering length and trying some on are good pointers. I'll keep you posted in the journey!

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  5. I agree about the fab-ness of Kestrel's cape after seeing it at the Crafters' Ceilidh!
    I do this too. I bought some black herringbone wool to make a little capelet in early 2011 and it has not happened. I kind of lost the urge. I have realised that unless I strike while the inspiration is hot I tend to chicken out. Hence the speedy purple shorts!

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  6. Do the cape. Do it. Make an awesome-sauce loud lining inside. Carry a clutch. Wear elbow length gloves. Rock the planet. Do it.

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