Besides the awkward name of this pattern, it is on trend right now and I liked this as soon as I saw it. I pre-ordered it from Islander Sewing Systems when I got the email from Janet Pray. The hefty price tag made me pause a day or two, but I kept thinking about it and went ahead because there was a discount for the pre-order. I like her method of factory techniques so I was sure to be happy.
I’ve never owned a cape before and with the rapidly decreasing temperatures, I began searching for the perfect fabric and found this AWESOME Wool/Poly blend at Fabric Mart (sold out, wah). It is a heavy weight Boucle suiting and was $5/yard; can’t beat that! I had some really nice silk lining I’d purchased 2 1/2 years ago from the Vogue Fabrics booth at the sewing expo in Puyallup, WA. I think I paid $6/yard, but since it was fairly old stash, I considered it FREE. But seriously it cost me $27 in fabric, $20 for the pattern and $5 for the buttons for a total of $52. I’m not certain, but if I bought it RTW, I might have paid over $200 bucks!
The pattern boasts garment industry techniques, thus the “Express” as well as no fitting. Continue reading