Fashion · Sewing

She Sews Retro: Vogue 9288 Cape Coat

I will admit, I have been a complete sewing machine lately. I am absolutely hooked on the thrill of taking a flat piece of fabric and creating a shaped 3D garment from it. It offers such an intense degree of accomplishment. My latest project was my first winter coat; Vogue 9288.

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Technically this version is a wearable muslin because I didn’t want to cut wool without making a test garment first. This cape is actually made with a polar fleece shell, fleece insulated batting and a polyester lining. The original pattern did not call for insulation or lining, so those two elements were added by me because, well, why not? Here is the view from the inside!

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While the photos depict sort-of a blue shade, the fleece is actually a deep grey but hey, I’m not complaining!

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I didn’t find it overly complicated to make however I do feel that the title of “Very Easy” maybe doesn’t quite fit the reality of this pattern. The instructions are quite clear and straight-forward but there are a lot of pattern pieces to this coat. The coat features a two-piece design- the back or “cape” portion that is moulded over the shoulders, and a smaller, somewhat triangular front piece that is completely removable. It can be worn belted or not depending on you preferences, and includes large patch pockets.

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I feel that there is a lot of room for personalization within this design and I am looking forward to playing around with the lines and the pockets for the next version. Some additional notes for anyone thinking of making this… I am short waisted and have a short neck as well. I feel that the collar comes up a bit too high in the front for my tastes and I also wish that I had left the bottom buttons off and shortened the button plackets for ease of arm movement. The lower button/ arm thing is something that I have read on a number of reviews of this pattern.

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I would like to make this coat again using a nice wool but will definitely make some modifications to the button placement and the front neck height. Overall I feel it turned out well though and will definitely keep me warm!!

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