Hooray for Houndstooth

oonaballoona mood fabrics houndstooth cape

I often succumb to trends, in that I squirm uncomfortably over an endless parade of a suddenly coveted item, break down and snag everything I need to make it mine, then sit on my supplies until the trend is over and make something else.

oonaballoona mood fabrics houndstooth cape

This ginormous houndstooth wool sent me in the opposite direction. When she arrived from Mood Fabrics, I thought I’d make a sleek tailored blazer out of her (but you know, super chunky. Obviously). However, when we got home, she whispered to me—actually she yelled at me, I mean, look at the size of that print: DON’T YOU REALLY THINK I SHOULD BE A CAPE. COME ON, MAN.  (She’s sold out now, but there are some equally loud mohair options around.)

oonaballoona mood fabrics houndstooth cape

Of course capes aren’t really a trend, they’re in every Fall, and this pattern (vintage Simplicity 7866) harkens from 1968.

oonaballoona mood fabrics wool cape ponte lining

At first I wanted none of the lining. It’s so pretty! Why hide any of it! Well, for one, it sheds little baby wool and mo-hairs. And for two, I’m starting to appreciate the weight that a lining gives. The look, for three. OH THERE ARE SO MANY REASONS TO LOVE LININGS THAT MOST OF YOU ALREADY KNEW.

This red ponte knit feels super snuggly and very holiday appropriate– Ruggy says I look like Christmas.

oonaballoona mood fabrics houndstooth cape

And underneath, I am definitely ornamented. I’ll open up the cape tomorrow on my blog and try my best to sear your eyes with what lies beneath…

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Comments


  • Mary Beth
    November 4, 2014

    This is beyond stunning, Oona, wear it with winter whites and blend in with the snowdrifts save for your houndstooth cape. Such a classic. Too bad fabric is sold out. Sniff, Sheds a tear and moves on.

    • oonaballoona
      November 4, 2014

      thank you may beth! and i know, i was bummed to see it was gone! you might keep an eye on it tho– sometimes things return, like than crazy lurex brocade i used awhile ago.

  • Fiona
    November 4, 2014

    So stunning! I love the colours in that houndstooth on you and your choice of red lining really brings out the red flecks. LUSH!

    • oonaballoona
      November 5, 2014

      that’s a good word for it fiona, i must admit i do feel lush :)!

  • Amanda S.
    November 4, 2014

    This is the PERFECT fabric for a cape! I love the little bits of red peeking out from the arm slits. Good job listening to your fabric! I am never disappointed when I do.

    • oonaballoona
      November 5, 2014

      and now my fabric is telling me it wants patch pockets under those slits……

  • Lauren
    November 4, 2014

    You look like a little doll in a fabulous cape. I love it!

    • oonaballoona
      November 5, 2014

      teehee! i guess i felt like one, i kept a barbie doll prim lipped grin the whole time!

  • Sue @ A Colourful Canvas
    November 4, 2014

    Ooooh, excellent pattern choice for this fabulous fabric. Everything has come together in a vintage-y, classic-y mood! Yes, a lovely Christmas feel!

    • oonaballoona
      November 5, 2014

      thank you sue! now she needs egg nog.

  • Sarah Gunn
    November 4, 2014

    I want, I want……..fantastic fabric and look!

  • Lori
    November 4, 2014

    Oh, my this is so stunning, I love this on you and the red lining is perfect. You do the best things, Oona.

    • oonaballoona
      November 5, 2014

      lori, you do and SAY the nicest things!

  • Alicia @ Pandora Sews
    November 4, 2014

    Oona…I love it! You never cease to inspire and amaze!

  • Cennetta
    November 4, 2014

    Marce, You look fabulous in that stunning cape. Christmas is a good description. It’s certainly a eye catcher. Looking for the all the details on your blog tomorrow.

    • oonaballoona
      November 5, 2014

      thank you, cennetta. there will be more color on the blog, that i can promise 🙂

  • Jet Set Sewing
    November 4, 2014

    Looks fantastic, and you’re right, that big print needed to be a cape rather than a jacket. You’re going to “rock” Rockefeller Center when you skate to “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” in that mod number.

    • oonaballoona
      November 5, 2014

      can you believe i’ve never done that? i think this cape might finally be the ticket.

  • Linda L
    November 4, 2014

    I love this!!! The big print was perfect for this cape!

  • liza jane
    November 4, 2014

    That giant houndstooth is fantastic! You sure do have a knack for picking awesome fabrics.

    • oonaballoona
      November 5, 2014

      i tell ya, i think i would have a room full of crazy fabric if i had the space (ahem, and wallet). i pounced on this one when the description called it a “staff favorite”.

  • Lindsay
    November 4, 2014

    That fabric is amazzzzing!!!

    • oonaballoona
      November 5, 2014

      and it’s so soft!! i don’t even mind the teeny random mohairs.

  • Sallie
    November 5, 2014

    So freaking fabulous!! That fabric! Yes, definitely born to be a cape!

  • SunGold
    November 5, 2014

    You have the most amazing, incredible, awesome, (etc….) eye for fabric, patterns, and personal style! I love this – and would never, ever a) look twice at the fabric, b) choose to sew a cape or c) believe they would be wearable – and yet, you did it. Masterful job!

    • oonaballoona
      November 5, 2014

      what wonderful compliments, thank you!! and to be honest, i often eye a fabric and wonder what made me thought it was wearable. then i just jump in anyway 🙂

  • mokosha
    November 6, 2014

    looks stunning, sis! and so warm too! iought houndstooth wool few years ago, with idea of turning it into a cape, but that never happened, it still sits in my fabric stash..

  • DebB
    November 7, 2014

    That fabric, pattern and you(!) are a perfect combo.

  • Pamela
    November 11, 2014

    Beautiful selection of fabrics. Stunning. Where did you find the vintage pattern for the cape? I’ve been searching for a similar look to no avail.