Anyways, I went on the hunt for a cape pattern and stumbled upon Simplicity 5359. The pattern includes two cape options (one with a collar, one without) and a wiggle dress. I love the dress too, so I've put that aside for a future project. But I knew the cape would be perfect for a light, California fall day.
I decided to go with the collared cape as I didn't want it to look like a poncho, and I like that it then became almost coat like.
I used a brown wool for the outside and lined it in a light brown satin. My poor, sensitive skin can't handle the chafing from the wool, so the delicate lining was a necessity.
I love how this turned out! It's so simple but adds a nice elegant touch to my Fall dresses. I only received on 'you should be carrying as basket of apples' comment, and only in jest, but many compliments on my little cape.
Fabric: Brown wool for exterior, tan satin for lining
Pattern: Vintage Simplicity 5359
Notions: Bias tape for a loop closure at the neck and a little hook and eye closure for extra security.
The pattern was so easy to put together and just a few pieces overall. I had to do a bit of trimming at the collar area of the selvage as it was getting really thick with the wool, and then I under-stitched it to keep it in place. I also did top-stitching around the edge of the cape, because I liked the look and it helped to minimize the bulk and the fabric shifting around.
I would love to make this again if another fabric 'called out' to me. In the meantime, I'm on the hunt for a pattern similar to the Anthropologie jacket. That can be my 'late Fall' project.