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