Hello Britex blog readers!!! I’m Wanett (or Nettie, if you prefer) and I blog at Sown Brooklyn from…Brooklyn!! After I stopped squealing and jumping around when the good peeps at Britex asked me to join their team, I zoned in on the project I wanted to start with. Almost immediately the word CAPE!! (yes, all caps with !!!!) came to mind.  I love this Shetland pony wool plaid with a touch of mock Harris tweed, all in shades of blue accented with chocolate brown from Britex Fabrics – perfect for Brooklyn fall strolls!
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Because cape wearing, to my way of thinking, is for women with a certain flair. A certain sense of style. A certain je ne sais quoi! Therefore, I did not feel like cape wearing was for me. But, through sewing for myself, and blogging all about it, I became a part of a super supportive community: The Sewing Blogisphere. With the help of these virtual friends my feelings about beauty and talent and style began to change. As those feelings changed, so did the way I viewed myself. I slowly came into my own style. Accepted, and appreciated, my own looks and figure. Got much better at choosing and making things the flatter me. And made the kind of friends that tell you, without hesitation, how great they think you are.
Amazing!!
Also amazing, this Liesl + Co. pattern!!
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It appealed to me for many reasons. One: it looks amazing on Liesl!! Two: the equation {simple to make = fabulous result} is not always a given. With this pattern I thought I’d have the best of both worlds. Three: thing one + thing two = perfect intro into outerwear. Four: It’s perfect with both dressy and casual outfits. That’s a major one for this tee, jeans and sneakers lover.
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Change Woodland to Urban, add city pine cones and you have me on an Urban Stroll in my Cape!
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You might have noticed that my version is a little different than the pattern image. I didn’t think those curved hems would work well with the curvy area of my body they’d line up with. I also left off the buttons. During one of my (many) try-on-and-twirl-in-the-mirror sessions I began to realize that I loved the look, as is. Simple. So, I swapped out buttons and buttonholes for covered, sew on snaps.
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The male side was left plain. Covering both sides made them sit too high.
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Isn’t the lining perfect! I loooove the color!
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I also left off the side buttons, opting instead to add about one inch of stitches, straight through both layers, to hold the sides together.
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Now the front is as sleek as the back.
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Overall, this project was a JOY to work on!! And so easy to wear!! Even as a novice cape wearer. I SO need a plain black one. And a boldly colored one. And one for my little girl. And maybe the big girl, too ;o)

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Materials:

Shetland Pony Plaid

Dark Grey Rayon Lining

Woodland Stroll Cape Pattern