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Fall Cape

So I decided I wanted to make a fall cape out of a Linton wool I had lusted after for some time. I had a simple Butterick (5819) pattern to work with. The pattern was NOT lined, and really needed some tweaking to work with my body type. However, this is nothing new to me.

I decided that I wanted to use classic techniques and underline the cape with silk organza and fully line the cape with silk. In addition, I knew I wanted to lengthen the cape “arms” and ensure the width so that there was plenty of room for ease of movement when driving or any other activity when wearing the garment.

I chose houndstooth Linton wool in black and white to work with for the primary fabric. I used a cherry red silk charmeuse for the lining and silk organza for the underlining to provide stability and structure to the wool. The silk charmeuse added a few challenges to the project as it is extremely slippery and has a mind of it’s own when working with it. However it is glorious and sumptuous and well worth the effort.

I lined the inside of the collar in a cherry red wool (Giorgio Armani) to mimic the lining color but have more durability.

Hand stitching the lining on the “sleeves” so there were no visible stitches was the best choice as the results obviously show.

As I recently lost a bit of weight, I had to refit this several times during the process. Once again, fit is everything. I am SO glad I took the time to do that.

So many consumers have become accustomed to the minimized timelines from the runway to the store’s in the fashion industry.  The majority of the items you see from store to store are basically copy and paste.  Designers buy items of interest and then recreate them with 7 points of interest that are changed to avoid getting sued.

Clothes make people..more now than ever.  We don’t always like to admit it, but we are judged by how we present ourselves to society.  If you are a bit overweight or getting on in years, you are basically invisible to the world.  You are noticed when you conform to what is considered beautiful by the current standards of society.  Over half of Instagram posts are about fashion influencers.  We seem to be enthralled with labels and those who are shopping addicts, thus they gravitate to to fast fashion.  The impulse to buy is triggered in a part of the brain that handles the rewards circuit, with the primary factor being the price.  

And we haven’t even started discussing the luxury brands!  The high end brands that for some reason are worth exorbitant amounts of money, far more than the costs of goods and labor, just to say you can afford to carry that brands label.  

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