Capes. Yea or Nay?

BurdaStyle Checked Cape

BurdaStyle has just published a collection of 11 patterns in a style they call “Fifties Revival”. There are two cute suits, some dresses and a trench coat. And then a cape.

// Checked Cape sewing pattern 08/2011 #112

I especially like the concealed buttons. And I love the length. It’s long enough to keep you warm, but not so long that you can’t wear it with casual clothes like jeans. I even like the fabric choice. It looks like wool bouclé, which always seems to end up in Chanel jackets and nothing else. Overall, I think this looks like a really great pattern.

But I’m hesitant. Do I need a cape? I haven’t seen many around. Of course here in Montreal it is currently far to cold to wear capes. Maybe they will start popping up in spring? Maybe I should stick with a coat?

I was also incredible inspired by Renee of Miss Celie’s Pants and her beautiful purple cape, which you can see on her website. She used the Vogue 8776 cape pattern.

What do you think? Capes. Yea or nay?

Author: Shannon Smith

Data scientist, journalist, sewist, hiker, modern quilter, slam poet, and mum of four. My best friends are trees and my favourite food is granola.

7 thoughts on “Capes. Yea or Nay?”

  1. Cape should we worn judiciously. Pairing with billowy skirts gives entirely the wrong effect, but capes are darling with slimming dark pants, without patterns. Go houndstooth!


  2. Hello fellow Montrealer! I say YAY to capes. I made one last fall and it lasted until about November. I even wore it a few times in December with long gloves and a sweater. That Burda is a beaut. I would totally make another one.


  3. Hello from Montreal as well…
    I say yay to capes! Capes are great for different “life periods”, perfect for fall at any point, great over a pregnant belly, awesome to hide that postpartum souvenir… :o)


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