I knew as soon as I saw the new issue of Seamwork Magazine I was going to make the Camden cape. Not that a cape is particularly useful in my life, or that I thought it would be particularly flattering on me, but I just had to have it! All logic aside; there is something charming and elegant about a wool cape isn’t there? I thought maybe I could actually pull it off if I paired it with slim pants and cute boots to modernize the silhouette. I immediately printed it out and spent the countless hours taping the pages together and getting my pattern pieces cut out. There are so many pieces to this thing! My honest opinion? This is really not a 3 hour pattern. I swear I think at least 1 hour was spent cutting out my fabric. I may be slow, but I feel like 3 hours is impossible. I was determined though! I had the perfect fabric already- a few yards of a deep purple wool I had picked up for less than $2 at the thrift store months back. Score! I lined it with another thrifted fabric- a bright berry colored cotton. I used 5 vintage brass buttons I had in my stash…overall cost to this is around $5. Wow. IF I were to make this again the first thing I would change however is this lining fabric- it really needs something something like a satin or other fabric that won’t “stick” to whatever I am wearing underneath it. I think a different lining fabric would help it drape better as well.
Now, lets get to the fit. This thing is ridiculously enormous. I made a size 18, and I feel as though I could take off both of the side panels and it would still be roomy enough. I almost wondered if I cut extra pieces and made a huge mistake? Hmmm. I don’t think so, so I just think I need to size down or hack this thing up and make it smaller. Also, please ignore that wonky last button…I think it is just the photos, or I might have sewn it on a bit high. UGH. I may also need to iron this thing. I really want to make it work and may try to make it smaller, or even add another row of buttons so that I can cross it over even further and have two rows of buttons like peacoat style? Enough of my negativity…l really want to get this to fit right so that it isn’t time wasted. And of course I now feel like my wardrobe really needs a cape! I can’t wait to see other versions of this out there- since the pattern has just been published I was going into this blind. Thoughts? Is it salvageable?