Oscar de la Renta Wool Cape

Oscar De La Renta Wool Coat

With an unexpected two days off from work from Hurricane / Tropical Storm Sandy back in November, I got to business in my sewing room. I decided to sew three ‘quick’ unplanned projects that could be finished within three weeks. First, I finished up my Tracy Reese Dress (Part I of the Sandy Collection), sewed up my second Purple Friday dress (Part II of the Sandy Collection) and then moved on to this Vogue 8776 cape (the closing piece in the Sandy Collection runway show).

Oscar De La Renta Wool Coat

I first spotted this cape on Erica B. in 2011 and it was lust at first site. I wasn’t sure what to sew the cape with but wildly decided to use my Oscar de le Renta double wool that I purchased locally in Baltimore back in 2010. It was a random remnant piece in the store. They’d gotten it from a closing fabric store down south. So, it was by happenstance that I was able to buy it. But, Mood Fabrics online is still stocking it in two colorways! The fabric quickly became ‘too good to cut’. I consulted with my sewing bestie Trena and she said it was a bigger waste to let the fabric sit for years than sew something I wanted *now*.

Oscar De La Renta Wool Coat

Plus, the fabric is Linus Approved. How does this dog manage to sit on every piece of fabric in the house? It’s like he has a Warm and Cozy radar.

The first thing to note is this material is crazy thick. So thick and warm that I started regretting not making it in to a nice, every day work coat. But, as I progressed, decided the material is not suited to a structured garment. A cape was just about right.

Oscar De La Renta Wool Coat

I found it impossible to mark the wool with tracing paper. So, for the first time in 20+ years of sewing, I made tailor tacks. Well, I think they are tailor tacks. I didn’t look up how to make them and just winged it 🙂

Oscar De La Renta Wool Coat

Because the material is so thick, I didn’t want to use a double layer for the facings. So, I used two different scrap pieces of thinner wool I had laying about (black and charcoal) for the inside collar and front facing. Which all required hand-freaking sewing. I’m sure there’s a way to do it by machine. I just didn’t think of it in time. I got it all done during a football game last Sunday. And I’m not handsewing for at least a six months. I detest it. From the facing to all those snaps, hand sewing is the worst. I don’t find it soothing, I don’t care how much control it gives me. It’s why projects languish unfinished for three months in my sewing room 🙂

Oscar De La Renta Wool Coat

Oh, speaking of which, Piece 2 (center front) isn’t marked with how many to cut. You’ll need four from your fabric and two from interfacing. And for interfacing, I didn’t use any. Again, material was so stable with the fused wool, it wasn’t needed. But, I regret not using stay tape in the center front seams. I think my edges are a bit wonky because it needs some stabilization and the seams have stretched out a bit.

Oscar De La Renta Wool Coat

Buttons. You’ll see that I just have two placed at the in-seam buttonholes. I wanted to use all buttons, but the cape was too thick to easily make buttonholes. So, I stuck with the already sewn in-seam buttonholes, and used snaps like Heather suggested. I like that they were already black (except the very last one) so they blend in nicely with the cape.

In honor of this cape (and to support two vintage coats in my wardrobe), I bought the cashmere-lined leather gloves I started looking for last year. Neiman Marcus Last Call had them for 50 percent off so they were “just” $47.

Oscar De La Renta Wool Coat
Methinks this cape will be my fall/early spring outerwear. My blue cape is crazy popular and I get stopped on the streets. This one is theoretically warmer and should last a long time. I was told all day while wearing the cape that people liked it. Nothing like feeling super trendy and cool, right?

Oscar De La Renta Wool Coat

Here’s a link to the black and white herringbone version of this fabric. It’s pricey, but seriously luxurious. I’m glad I didn’t let it fester in ‘too good to sew’ land.

Oscar De La Renta Wool Coat

Thanks again to my Dearest Lizzie for her photography. It was her idea to go under the overpass at our office to get these shots. I apologize for the bitch face. All my smiling photos showed my laugh lines in HD. The granny/70s sunglasses are prescription from ZenniOptical.com and the bag is the Alexa bag (vegan) by Danielle Nicole and available at Piperlime.com and Nordstrom. Just don’t buy the blue and black version. I’m budgeted to purchase it next month.

Oscar De La Renta Wool Coat

I also got several unsolicited compliments on my outfit. I’m wearing a blue bubble skirt I made to bike in the Netherlands with my recently completed black turtleneck. It’s probably a little short for work but with the tights it seems to be o.k.

Onward! I need a palette cleanser. Two final sweater knit projects are coming down the pike.

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Comments


  • Amanda S.
    January 11, 2013

    Cool cape! The fabric is SUCH a beautiful color!

  • Lauren
    January 11, 2013

    Oooh, I want to touch that fabric – it looks so soft and cozy. Your cape is fabulous! Love the color and that giant gorgeous collar 😀

    • Amy
      January 25, 2013

      Is it weird that I wanted to be able to touch the fabric as well? Great cape! I have a cape on my list of things to sew. It’s for my mom, and the last dress I made her didn’t fit well despite extensive muslining. So, I’ve been dragging my feet. You’ve inspired me to get back to it!

  • Karin
    January 11, 2013

    I love it!

  • Ginger
    January 11, 2013

    I. WANT. THIS. You look SO amazing! I’m so glad you made this instead of letting the wool sit unworn for one more minute!! Great piece!

  • Erica B
    January 11, 2013

    Love it! Your cape is fabulous!

  • Janine Whisler
    January 11, 2013

    So chic, so on trend, absolutely amazing!

  • Ms. McCall
    January 11, 2013

    Love the cape and LOVE the bitchface! haha Your arms being out are such a great excuse for super elegant gloves to, score and score!

  • Charlotte
    January 11, 2013

    This is so fantastic, I can’t stop looking at it. Such high drama with the black gloves, tights, shoes and top against the plum cape. You wear it well!

  • Wanett
    January 11, 2013

    This is un freakin’ believable!! I love everything about it!! So much, that I want to be a major copy cat and get the pattern (even though I’m not supposed to buy more) AND that fabric (even though it’s WAY out of my budget)!!

  • mbm
    January 11, 2013

    I was glad to see this as I am in the middle of making this very pattern (in a straightforward black), so you have given me some things to watch out for as I go along! Yours is lovely.

  • June Lovell
    January 12, 2013

    you and your cape are so elegant, with the leggings and the shoes. ooh la la, your beautiful gloves: you look like you should be walking down Rue Rivoli toward the Louvre after having a fabulous little cup of choc…

  • Lori
    January 12, 2013

    Gorgeous cape and beautiful color. You wil enjoy this so much.

  • Maureen O'Danu
    January 12, 2013

    Oh, my. That is absolutely stunning. This year has been a bad year for sewing for me… too little time, too much illness… but I could see myself making and wearing that…. oh, yes!

  • Denise
    January 12, 2013

    The color is gorgeous and the style is fab. Love it!

  • Carolyn
    January 12, 2013

    You hit that one out of the park! It is just so dayum awesome!

  • Sarah Gunn
    January 13, 2013

    Stunning, Renee! Everything about this works so well. Wow!!!!

  • oonaballoona
    January 13, 2013

    so beautiful. do you think the fact that you were working on this stunner had anything to do with the ravens win?

  • Cassie
    January 16, 2013

    It’s a shame the darts in the front don’t align….nice fabric though…..

  • Jeannie
    February 1, 2013

    You look absolutely stunning no wonder you got so many compliments. Right fabric for your cape.

  • Sandra
    February 1, 2013

    You look fabulous in that cape. I’m going to start rummaging through my stash today.

  • sandy
    February 1, 2013

    Fabulous job and the colour is amazing. Very good fit and stylish to boot

  • Nicole
    February 1, 2013

    Is this your fabric??

    Black/Bright Plum Solid Double Face
    Product #: FW12218C
    Price: $35.00/Yard
    This is a heavy weight, double face, woven wool blend. Soft, perfect for coating.
    Content: Wool
    Designer: Oscar de la Renta
    Width: 64″
    Color:

  • Kazz
    February 1, 2013

    That colour and cut is just dynamite. You’ve sold me I need this pattern. Well done on every level.

  • Barbara Stone
    February 1, 2013

    Love the cape and love that you used up some scrap fabrics on the inside! Great job!