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Gotham Cape - Louis Antoinette

The leaves have mostly fallen from the trees, the cool winds have arrived and Halloween has passed, no doubt this is the end of Autumn. It is time to enjoy the lighter coats and jackets before moving on to the real winter. To be honest, I don’t really know what to expect this year after 4 winters in Quebec! Certainly it is less cold here, but you also wrap up less. And that cold wind by the sea … I’m not used to it anymore! Fortunately I have several big jumpers in my wardrobe.

In the mean time, I will enjoy the last days of Autumn by wearing my latest project, the Louis Antoinette Gotham cape. I had planned to do it in the spring, but by lack of time, I pushed it back to this Autumn. With my belongings arriving late from Canada, I began to worry that i wouldn’t be able to make the cape before winter, but I managed, just in time! This is the first time I’m making a cape, and I have also never bought one either.

I choose this wool fabric for this project from the beginning, but I was very hesitant about the color: I had the choice between blue, that goes with everything, or a burgundy / yellow, to play the originality card. In the end, I prefered to keep the originality for a more classic duffle coat project so it would be easier to wear. It’s a wool fabric from Pretty Mercerie which is 450 gr / ml and I would advise you to line it for a winter coat. I actually asked myself if I would line my cape entirely or only the hood as the pattern suggests, but I decided to follow exactly the pattern… until I came across this
photo
, which featured a coat from the brand Cos. It is funny to see the difference between this coat worn on a mannequin in a studio, and on a young woman in the street. I would not at all have gone with it from the version on the brand’s website, however in this photo …. oh my god those scallops!!!! So I decided to challenge myself and add scallops to my cape Louis Antoinette.

It took me a while to decide the size of the scallops, the number, the position … and  I did a lot of tests this weekend to find the right combination. The fronts of the cape are not supposed to overlap, and should normally be closed by a duffle-coat style fastener. In this pattern hack, I have kept the position of the original hood and hem, but the scallops on the top of the cape overlap a bit. In this way, I had to choose between a button or a snap to close it. After another long reflection, I decided to put the two golden snaps I had left from the gilet I made last week and  that I will show you soon.

I’ve been quite stressed until the end, not knowing what would the addition of scallops would look like, but I’m quite happy with the result! Regarding the pattern, I found it good to follow. There are not many pieces to sew as only the hood is lined. The longest part of this project is to sew the bias in the inside. But it looks really nice!

So, what do you think?
I wish you a wonderful evening and take care.

Pattern : Gotham cape – Louis Antoinette Paris

Size : 36

Fabric : Drap de lainePretty Mercerie

Comments

  • 8 November 2016
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    Ta cape est juste magnifique et ces festons lui donnent vraiment un coté original, c’est vraiment très beau!

  • 8 November 2016
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    Oh un magnifique chaperon bleu!

  • 9 November 2016
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    Elisabeth

    Je suis définitivement conquise! L’ajout des festons esr juste sublime! Bravo!!

  • 9 November 2016
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    Fifine51

    Elle est superbe !!!!!

  • 9 November 2016
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    Elle est très belle, un beau tombé et ces festons sont le complément parfait de ce modèle.

  • 9 November 2016
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    La cape c’est le genre de vêtement que je couds et ne porte pas! Et pourtant j’adore mais à chaque fois il y a quelque chose qui ne va pas, peut-être le tissu justement, trop original, aussi je pense que tu as bien fait de choisir du marine car l’originalité est déjà dans la forme, pas la peine d’en rajouter!

  • 26 August 2017
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    Léa

    Salut!
    Je viens de recevoir ce patron et j’hésite sur le choix du tissu, j’aime beaucoup le tombé de ta cape !
    J’ai repéré un tissus pour manteau de grammage 575gr/ml, est-ce que tu penses que la différence avec le tiens va se voir beaucoup ?

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