Boho-Style Cape

Boho-Style Cape _ sewn by a happy stitch

What a strange time to be a maker. As so many of us are, I’m devastated by current events. The world feels threatening and unsettled and there are about eleventy billion people my heart is trying to scramble around to embrace, protect, shield. But, even as my emotions scramble, everything keeps shifting beneath my feet and I’m exhausted just trying to keep up with my Facebook feed. I’ve come back dozens of times to realize that what re-energizes and restores me is making things.  My time behind the sewing machine is where I can construct something real and solid and certain. I’ve long joked that sewing is my therapy and that has officially stopped being a joke. The process feels vital and at the same time the results feel frivolous. It’s an odd juxtaposition.  I guess this is a long way of saying that I made a boho-style cape and it’s not going to save the world but it got me through a tough time. Ha!

Ooh boy.

Boho-Style Cape _ sewn by a happy stitch

So the not-saving-the-world cape, it’s is a tweak of the New York Cape pattern from Tessuti patterns. Actually, I altered the pattern a lot, it’s really a revamping. Let’s start with the hem, I opened up the bottom, removing buttons from under the wrist, and reshaped the hem to a  more circular shape. I also removed the front button placket and instead made it a pullover style. Then, once I realized that it wouldn’t fit over my head I added a front slit which I ended up really liking.  Ah, experimentation. So fun. So cathartic.

Boho-Style Cape _ sewn by a happy stitch

Boho-Style Cape _ sewn by a happy stitch

The fabric is REVERSIBLE, I found it on Etsy at a shop called Lost Property. It worked perfectly to have reversible fabric for this cape since parts of it peek out.

I love the print, it’s got a bit of bohemian spirit while staying very wearable. It was a bear to work with, however.  It’s a jacquard so the fabric wanted to unravel and fly free everywhere. I decided to put in flat-felled seams on the hood and french seams everywhere else. I felt like running a victory lap after successfully pulling off these enclosed seams. That’s the kind of sewing that clears the mind mostly because my brain couldn’t wander off.

Boho-Style Cape _ sewn by a happy stitch

Boho-Style Cape _ sewn by a happy stitch

Here is the original pattern, made in a lovely lightweight wool. I even adjusted this version. I lined everything rather than finishing it with a bias tape.

New York Cape in Pendleton Wool _ by a happy stitch

New York Cape in Wool _ sewn by a happy stitch

New York Cape in Wool _ sewn by a happy stitch

I just don’t like the shape of this cape. In it’s original form, it didn’t have great flow and got kind of stuck on my body as I moved around. It’s really warm but the buttons and the shape looks really Sherlock Holmes-y.

New York Cape in Wool _ sewn by a happy stitch

New York Cape in Wool _ sewn by a happy stitch

I’m thrilled, however, with the adjusted boho-style cape and am going to enjoy wearing it around. It was satisfying to alter the pattern and end up with a result I’m happy with.

Boho-Style Cape _ sewn by a happy stitch

Boho-Style Cape _ sewn by a happy stitch

Oh! I nearly forgot to mention. Remember Project Sew It from last year? Well, Celina from Petit a Petit and Family is changing it up a little this year. Latching on to the idea of a monthly garment sewing project, she is outlining an item per month.  January is sweaters so my cape is going to count as my January project. Check out the Facebook group for the details. February is blouse month.  Got any ideas for good blouses? I’m considering the Biscayne or another Cheyenne. I always find Celina’s style so inspiring and love the idea of a group motivation.  2017 might be crumbling out in the real world but I’m going to do my best to sew together my own sanity. There is healing in beauty. Join me?

4 Comments on Boho-Style Cape

  1. Lesley
    January 31, 2017 at 7:59 pm (4 months ago)

    I made the Woodland stroll cape which is similar to your Tessuti cape. But I would say you made a new pattern! Looks great!

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    • Melissa Q.
      January 31, 2017 at 9:13 pm (4 months ago)

      Ooh, I will need to look that one up! I’d love one in a knit fabric, so comfortable!

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  2. natalie s
    February 1, 2017 at 8:21 pm (4 months ago)

    I’m right there with you Sister— eleventy billion people on my mind too, and scared for what is to come next. –Sewing is a productive way of dealing with these emotions. I love your capes, the Boho print one is my fave too. You look like the powerful pillar of strength you are. Keep on keepin’ on. XOXO

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    • Melissa Q.
      February 1, 2017 at 8:36 pm (4 months ago)

      Oh goodness, this comment is like fresh air. Thanks. So glad you have company in the worry and the fight ahead. Sew on!!

      Reply

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