A Study in Fuschia - Sherlock Holmes' Pink Cape ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

A Study in Fuschia - Sherlock Holmes' Pink Cape

Remember the cape that I made for my friend's winter wedding?  It was simplified from Simplicity 2285 (the irony!).  I removed the gunflaps, omitted all of the buttons, and removed the confusing pocket/hole detail (more on that later).

For the complete version of this cape, I found a really interesting fabric at the swap meet ($2/yard), which I thought would be fabulous!  Remember last week when I asked for some advice on button choice?  Well I ended up going with the fabric buttons, which were about 50 cents total.

Here's the final result!



Overall, I'm feeling just okay with the results.  Why?  First of all, it's a pretty bold piece and it kind of scares me!  Second, I accidentally put on one of the gunflaps the wrong way...  Oops, but it's actually difficult to tell in real life!  Third, it was such difficult fabric to work with that I still have some ill feelings towards it.  Not fair I know, but I can't help it!  The fabric shredded up like crazy.  Not fraying, but the fibers completely pulled apart like monkey bread!


Fourth, these pockets almost sucked the life out of me.  I couldn't figure out how they worked because I haven't done welt pockets before, which would have been helpful.  The most annoying part to figure out was the diagram that showed the hole that you leave for your hands to poke through.  I definitely stitched once and ripped twice and possibly more times than that...

A peek inside the pocket/hole combination...

Fifth, I feel like it's a little overwhelming for my frame since I'm so short, but maybe I just feel that way because of the bold print.  Lastly, the weather here has certainly warmed up to the 70s and 80s, so I probably can't wear this until next fall!  Boo.



Enough complaining!  Here are a few things that I actually love about the cape.  The gun flaps (or storm flaps)!  I didn't know they even had a name, but I think they're awesome looking.

To finish the seams, I normally use my overlock foot to avoid adding extra bulk, but this time I decided to finish with bias tape.  I like how this looks, and reminds me of the original plans I had to put in piping for this cape.


I definitely think it would have looked better with piping.  However, it would have been a pain in the rear to deal with, considering how much I used my seam ripper on this project.


By the way, I titled this post "A Study in Fuschia" because I am seriously obsessed with Sherlock Holmes in all his incarnations from Basil Rathbone to Robert Downey, Jr.  I would make a hat with my extra fabric just to be funny, but I'm seriously shuddering thinking about that crazy, messy fabric.  Too soon, too soon...

Considering that my materials cost about $5 total, I'm happy with the way this turned out!  It's a decent wearable muslin (my fur cape doesn't count as one), and I'm happy now that it's done!  The next version will be a more subdued fabric and have piping.  But that will definitely wait until next fall.  On to the next project!

Have you made a cape lately?  I think they're so vintage looking.  Also, if you haven't, they're fun to twirl around in....  :)





27 comments:

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    1. Thanks! I'm just itching for a chilly day so I can wear it in public. :)

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  2. WOW!!!! This is so so gorgeous!! What type of fabric is that?

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    1. Thanks! I honestly have no idea because I don't know my fabrics at all. I need to take a textile class for sure! I'll send you a little swatch with your swap gift so maybe you can tell me!

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  3. OMG! I'm loving this! And I'm more in awe of your mad skills! I can't sew anything clothing related whatsoever.
    This is exquisite! Visiting from Let's get acquainted! :)

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    1. Thanks! As long as no one examines it super close, I think it looks somewhat decent on me. And one year ago, I would have told you that I didn't even know what a bobbin was, so you can learn and learn quick!

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  4. I would totally wear that. It really is a super fun print for what is normally a subdued piece of clothing.

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  5. Love the pink! Found you over at Create.Craft.Love. Also love the birds in your blog.. Looks REALLY great

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    1. Thanks! For some reason, I was never a pink-wearer as a child. As an adult, I totally love it. :)

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  6. gorgeous! I love that fabric. I'm visiting from 504 Main.

    www.domesticblisssquared.com

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    1. Thanks! And for only $2 a yard? I should have bought the whole bolt!

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  7. Wow! I'd be too chicken to attempt it- you did a beautiful job! I love the gun flaps!

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    1. I think it looks harder than it is, honestly! I love the gun flaps too, which I almost want to add to all of my future projects. :)

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  8. Girl you have got some skills! Thanks for sharing them with us at Monday Funday!

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    1. Sure! Thanks for the compliment and thanks for the link party. :)

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  9. visiting from I should be mopping the floor, I think this is fantastic. Great for winter, no way is it too loud. I love it.

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    1. Thanks! I'm secretly happy there's a cold snap here right now, so I can wear it out finally!

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  10. This is gorgeous. But, I'm a sucker for pink AND houndstooth.

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    1. Thanks, I think we have something in common! :)

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  11. Ooh, I really like this!! I hope you'll stop by and link up to Make It Wear It this week at TheTrainToCrazy.com!

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  12. I think this project is fantastic!!! I'm including it in my fashion round-up from the Monday Funday party too!

    Thanks for linking it up. You are talented!

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    1. Thanks! Two project features? I feel special! :)

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  13. Love this nod to "Sherlock" style. Cute title, too, btw. My hubs and I have been watching the new Sherlock on PBS. Never knew about "storm flaps" or "gun flaps" before ;)

    Thanks so much for linking up at Give Me The Goods Monday! Can't wait to see what you link up next week!
    Amy from www.commona-myhouse.blogspot.com

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  14. Wow! What an amazing project! It looks like you did a great job even with the frustrating fabric. Thanks so much for linking up at Real Family Fun.
    KC

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  15. Very pretty! Thanks for sharing this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop!
    Hope you have time to link up again this week!
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/03/the-creative-homeacre-hop-9.html

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