Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Go-To Cape and Winter Boots

This week, the challenge over at Project Sewn is "If the Shoe Fits". The idea is to pick your favorite pair of shoes and sew an outfit to go with. I live in Minnesota. And right now we have tons of snow! So for this challenge, I chose my winter boots because they definitely keep my feet warm and dry, which is perfect if you have to walk around outside in this weather!

Do you wanna build a snowman??
In case you're wondering, yes, I did build a snowman, by myself, wearing my Lady Skater dress, leggings and boots. I put my cape on afterwards though.
I thought my Go-To cape would be perfect with my winter boots. It is a fully lined cape made using purple plaid wool and plain purple flannel for the lining. I was actully getting hot standing in the sun while I took pictures. It is 40 degrees today - a heat wave compared to the weather we've been having here!

The cape has an oversized hood, which is one of my favorite parts! I also made the peekaboo lining - you can see the lining "peeking out" on the hood. The pattern calls for four 3/4" buttons, but I thought that size was too small, so I used four 1 1/8" buttons. They worked perfectly!
Andrea, of Go-To Patterns, designed this cape to hit at the hip level. However, I wanted a longer cape, so I cut out the long length, which is for people taller than 5'9" (I'm 5'7").

 I was having fun with the photo shoot! You can see the plaid in this picture too. It's harder than you think setting up a tripod in the snow and running back and forth after every picture. The snow is pretty deep too! There must be over a foot accumulated in the back yard - the snow almost came to the top of my boots.

Here's the back. I have always been afraid of sewing with plaid, but I did it! And the back seam matches up!!

I received the plaid wool from a friend and have had it for a few years. I knew I was keeping it for a reason! It is so warm and pretty thick. I bought the flannel at Jo-Ann Fabrics when it was on sale, and I was able to use a gift card, so I only ended up spending $15 for 4 yards of flannel. That's a deal!

Oh, you know, just contemplating life. :)

Finally, here's a better picture of my boots, since the snow covered them in almost all my other pictures. They were the whole inspiration for my outfit. As you can see, they're pretty wet in this picture, but they kept my feet dry!

Would you wear a cape?



  1. I love the cape!!!! It's so chic!

    My sister wears a fabulous black cape during the winter, but she's 5'9. I tried it on once and I looked like a lost Hobbit! (I'm 5'4)..haha

  2. I've wondered about this pattern It looks great and you wear it well.

  3. Great pictures, and it looks like you were having a lot of fun in the snow. Still need to get pictures of my cape.

  4. Oooh I like the cape :D The purple peeking out is my favorite part. It has been so warm the last two days. I felt less weighted down just running around in my sweatshirt and no jacket. We are now buckled down for the incoming blizzard though. I'm sure you will be plenty warm in your new cape though!

  5. I would totally wear a cape:)
    Yours is lovely and I adore that it is practical!
    Nicely done!

  6. I'm so happy to see and read about your cape! I am about to make a plaid cape too (navy & black), and I was wondering about the length too...... hmmmmmmm.... To answer your question, I used to wear wool capes all the time when I lived in the UK! The are so warm and comfy!