So this is the Woodland Stroll Cape sewing pattern from Liesl + co. I wanted to make this last year when it was realeased but I never got around to it. So since I am working I thought I deserved a treat. I bought this pattern Thursday night. Brent printed it out for me Friday while I went shopping for this fabric. I made this Saturday morning and by Saturday night I was sewing on the buttons and blogging it. That was fast for me!
So I really wanted to make this from wool but JoAnn's didn't have any nice wool. And I dind't want to wait. JoAnn's mostly had solids and I wanted plaid. So this is actually a really heavy cotton but it's not flannel. It has the weight and heft of wool but is so soft and 100% cotton. It would make a nice blanket I think. I lined the cape with fabric I had on hand. Over the last few years I inherited several stashes of fabric and the lining fabric was in one of those stashes so I don't know exactly what kind of fabric it is but it's really nice.
This cape was super fun, fast, and easy to sew. What took me the longest was making sure my pieces were straight and the plaids lined up in the front. I was so worried about that. I have very little experience lining up paterns or plaids. I usually don't have the patience for this. Now it was a bit challenging. The directions assume the fabric is 60 wide but my fabric was only 45 wide. So my pieces just fit. It was close. All in all I am very pleased at how the plaid all lines up. It's not perfect if you look closely but I think it looks pretty darn good.
Here's a shot of the lining. Really nice stuff. It's heavier and not so terrible to work with as some lining fabric can be.
Liesl designed this cape for girls as well. I wish my girls wanted one because it was such a fun and satisfying project to make. I even tried to tempt them into one by offering to make a cape for them from fleece. No luck. Ah well.