CORRECTION: The title of today's post should read My Man's Cape Adventures -- darn Autocorrect!
Friends, I have taken the cape plunge at long last. You may recall the lively debate about men's capes/ponchos/cloaks here on MPB only a year ago. At the time I was very much on the fence, and on the fence I might have stayed if I hadn't purchased this oversized unbalanced plaid wool fabric (below) last summer. Due to the large scale of the plaid, it simply wouldn't have worked on the straight or cross grain on a standard men's coat or jacket; you wouldn't have seen the repeat. (You can read more about balanced vs. unbalanced plaids here.)
The way it worked was as a cape and cut on the bias -- striking!
The wool drapes beautifully in back (you can see a bit of the hood too). The cape will eventually be lined.
I'm combining elements from a few different patterns. The basic shape is from Vogue 7641 (below left); I'm adding the hood and the zipper/gripper snap placement from my Daisy Kingdom parka pattern.
Men's capes seem to be having a moment, if only among the more fashion-forward (and perhaps the cosplay crowd), but even those tend to be solid colors. Many men's capes are just rectangles with holes in center (think rain poncho), while others are more shaped at the shoulders with rounded hems (like mine).
I'm very excited to see how this turns out; hope to have it ready by the weekend.
In other news, we hung out last Saturday with my new niece and nephew. My mom's in seventh heaven, as you can imagine. These her first -- and probably only -- grandchildren. I'll have more family pics after the holidays.
And that's it!
More man's cape adventures to come -- no manscaping for the time being, just not my thing.
Have a great day, everybody!