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 laine – Pretty Mercerie