I am Angela and I really love to sew. I started sewing as a child and by the time I was a teenager I was wearing the very latest fashions to go out in. I wear my Handmade clothes almost exclusively Years have passed and I am passionate about reducing the amount of textiles sent to landfill. So I started this blog in order to have a way in which to pass on my gained knowledge, and my professional knowledge to you, free of charge. Sewing is empowering, you can save money by making items, make money by selling then, and you can pass your knowledge on to others. What is not to love? Interestingly I am a direct descendant of the Flemish weavers who came over to England in the 1300's. I find that fascinating especially as most of my family from as far back as I can trace are somehow involved in the manufacturing of fabric . As a child my Saturday mornings were spent at Dads factory playing amongst razor sharp Card Clothing . My grandmother worked in the cotton mills and one of my aunts made bespoke car seats. I have a degree in tailoring with a special interest in WW2 fashion. I have Parkinson's and support disabled people without question. Do ask if you need help or advice on sewing aids and techniques Angela.

Tuesday, 18 January 2022

My McCall's Cape in wool mix coating

 I am still working on my cape. I want to make sure that everything is perfect because on a simple garment such as this every mistake will be instantly visible.

The fabric is a wool mix coating. View it here Wool mix coating

It is on sale too! 

I chose View C which just fit the amount of fabric I was given - 1.5 m. If you want to make the longer version or a hood you will obviously need more
The pattern is McCall's7477

I have spent a long time on the floor! Tacking the lining to the main fabric from the bottom upwards to make sure that there are no wrinkles when worn. The neckline will need tidying up next before the collar goes in.

I had some grey satin back dupion in my stash , many years old now, so it is lovely to find the perfect use for it. I used the Dupion side as the outside as I felt the satin side was a bit too shiny
Do take time to make sure that the lining is flat. I did a lot of long tacking stitches from bottom to top, smoothing both layers as I wentv

There are openings in the main fabric and lining which need slip stitching together.
The belt nips the front and back in and makes it more like a jacket which is great for keeping draughts out

Very wearable without the belt , it is easy to slip over your shoulders in the theatre , outdoor drinks or even on the aeroplane which can be very cold 

Worn with a polo neck, straight trousers boots and warm gloves it makes the perfect outfit for a brisk walk, and how very stylish it is!

Don't be worried about how complicated sewing it may be. It is not at all difficult to sew.

The back view looks neat with the belt 

The cape fastens with large poppers on the front so there are no buttonholes to sew. Of course there are some lovely fasteners for capes around so you may prefer to shop around 


It is perfect for sitting in. This particular length ends mid hip and all the emphasis is on you looking glamorous.

I have not worn a cape since the 1970s but I am hooked again. The one I had was deep red trimmed with white fur and it had a hood, again trimmed with fur. I am tempted! 

Thank you for gifting this lovely wool mix fabric 


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Hopefully it will be finished very soon . It will be great for spring and autumn, in the car, and for an evening cover up.