I decided to make this Winter Wonderland Cape because I feel horrible for brides who freeze their way through their winter weddings with very little in the way of coat selection. I hate those Mrs. Claus looking things with the fake fur trim. You know what I’m talking about.
So excited about this piece. First of all and for the record, the cape design itself isn’t mine. Since I try to incorporate some sort of vintage, reduce, reuse, recycle or upcycle component in my pieces, this one has the pattern! It’s a cape design, circa 1962. It might be McCall’s or Butterick, I can’t remember. All I know is that I LOVE the old paper they made the patterns with. So much better than today’s crap.
Anyway, it’s a simple cape pattern, but I’ve taken to embellishing it to make it something a little more special. Here’s what I’ve got so far. Like my last POW item, I still haven’t figured out the white balance on my camera yet. My studio has horrid light in the evenings, which is when I find the time to snappy snappy.
All the little pins sticking out her look like she’s getting bridal acupuncture!
Och, these are terrible pictures, but I think you can get an idea of what it will look like. The outside material is a really pretty woven blend with a gorgeous drape to it. What I didn’t take a picture of (you’ll have to wait for it!) is the GORGEOUS lining fabric. It’s a stunning lightweight ivory on ivory brocade. Oy, so pretty!
The embellishments are three different kinds of appliques beaded with pearls and iridescent goodies. I’m also adding in little hand-sewn fans of white silk velvet ribbon, scattered here and there. I might add in a few little crocheted flowers as well as some extra pearl beads, but will figure that out later. I’ve got the applique over the left shoulder, trialing just a tiny bit down the back and then on the bottom front right to balance it out. I was going to have a front swag closure at the neck, but I think that will be too much. I think I’ll just make it a hook and eye and call it a day.
So what do you think so far? Do tell! I love feedback!