Friday 26 April 2013

Vogue Capelet - Version 2

 A while ago I made the pattern above out of some red polyester twill:

I really liked the way it turned out, so much so that I decided to make a second version. The polyester was great, but nowhere near heavy enough to keep me warm. A little while ago I found some heavy wool crepe at an RSPCA charity shop - perfect for this pattern. Plus I had the big Spring Blogger Meet-Up to attend and I'm one of those people who likes to have something new to wear for occasions, so what better excuse!

And here it is:

Some details:

The fabric was thick - thickest fabric I've probably ever worked with. Turning corners, enclosing seams,etc, involved trimming, steaming, pressing, more trimming, more pressing, and so on until I had a reasonable finish.

Detail of collar edge, graded and clipped
 I love the swingy shape at the back, and to emphasise it I reinforced it with strips of horsehair canvas cut on the bias and sewn inside the hem allowance:

Bias strip laid inside hemallowance, and caught with long running stitches along the hemline, and herringbone stitch around the top edge. 

 Because of the chunkiness of the fabric, I didn't want to attempt a buttonhole, so I cheated with a decorative button sewn on the outside -

 - with a large press stud sewn underneath:

Sneaky press stud!
I later swapped this for some 'frogs' I picked up at the afore-mentioned Blogger meet-up; I think they look better.

Sewing the frogs on by hand
And finally, I love a jazzy lining, so I used this nautical cotton which I picked up from Rolls and Rems, but never did anything with it:

The jacket is definitely warm enough for the crisp spring sunshine we're experiencing now. I didn't get many photos on the day, but here's that swingy back in action while I chat with Kathryn of Yes, I Like That :

See you soon!


  1. Wowee!!! I have that same pattern; it looks so great all made up! Awesome job!!! The frog closures look perfect!

    1. Thanks so much! I think the frogs are much better - gives it a hint of eastern mystery..

  2. It's a stunning jacket. I was admiring it on Sunday.

  3. This is such a lovely jacket! x

  4. This is beautiful. I love the nautical lining.

  5. having seen how gorgeous this is in real life, i have to try and find this pattern. beautiful!

  6. This has turned out so well and I love the lining!

  7. So gorgeous in real life, it really made an impact! Exquisite work!


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