Liesl and Co’s Woodland Stroll Cape [Minerva Craft Blogger Network]

Woodland Stroll Cape by Liesl and Co // Behind the Hedgerow

Liesl and Co Woodland Stroll Cape

Make this pattern if:  you want a high-impact, low-effort staple for autumn.

Don’t make this pattern if:  you’re in denial that summer is coming to an end.

For this month’s Minerva Craft Blogger Network I’ve taken the opportunity to get ready for autumn.  Yes, the sun is still shining – and we have yet to even go on our summer holiday – but I couldn’t resist the combination of boiled wool and cotton lawn in a simple, stylish cape.

Woodland Stroll Cape by Liesl and Co // Behind the Hedgerow

More specifically, my inspiration for this Liesl + Co Woodland Stroll Cape came from two places:

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Today’s post is going to be heavy on the photos, light on the words.  You can read a full review of this pattern here.  You’ll see that I love the pattern for little girls and now I can safely say I love it for adults as well!

Woodland Stroll Cape by Liesl and Co // Behind the HedgerowThe fabric choice for this cape make it really special.  This was my first time sewing with boiled wool but definitely not the last!  It’s easy to sew with, doesn’t fray, and gives a sleek professional look.  I wasn’t sure about pre-washing and, after some internet reading, decided against pre-washing at all – I imagine I will get the cape dry cleaned when the time comes.

Woodland Stroll Cape by Liesl and Co // Behind the Hedgerow

The lining is a gorgeous peacock feather lawn from Minerva.  It’s got the cool, slipperiness of Liberty and works perfectly for a cape that slides on and off easily.

Woodland Stroll Cape by Liesl and Co // Behind the Hedgerow

As with most Liesl+Co and Oliver+s patterns, this one came together without any hitches and Liesl offers up some great tips and tricks to get a really professional finish.  This really is an easy project and, being an outerwear garment, has maximum impact.

Woodland Stroll Cape by Liesl and Co // Behind the Hedgerow

The only additional construction tip I can add is to consider using a walking foot if you have one.  I started without one but there was a fair amount of shifting between the wool and the lawn but the walking foot kept everything together nicely.

Woodland Stroll Cape by Liesl and Co // Behind the Hedgerow

 

The vast majority of the time I’m sure I’ll be wearing this cape over jeans and a long-sleeved t-shirt, however I think it would be elegant and sophisticated over a dress for a night out.  In other words, it’s a truly versatile piece.  Not bad for only three pattern pieces and an afternoon of sewing!

Woodland Stroll Cape by Liesl and Co // Behind the Hedgerow

I highly recommend this pattern and fabric to help kick-start your wardrobe into autumn!  You can find the kit with all the fabric and notions here.  You can instantly download the pattern here.

And, as with all good photo shoots, it ends with some of your favourite people photo bombing it!

Woodland Stroll Cape by Liesl and Co // Behind the Hedgerow

Thanks for reading and here’s hoping you feel inspired to get your autumn wardrobe started!

Laura x

 

 

 

14 thoughts on “Liesl and Co’s Woodland Stroll Cape [Minerva Craft Blogger Network]

  1. helen

    I was all for making a cape a few years back but couldn’t find a pattern I liked and wondered if I’d really wear one but this looks really simple and not too ‘flouncy’.
    I’ve been put off outerwear after my Sewaholic trench is still an unfinished project….
    Love the lining!

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  2. Jenna

    I really love this, I have been tempted by this pattern but I feel so cold from about the end of August onwards that I worry it wouldn’t get worn enough to justify making it. Maybe if we have a mild autumn…!

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  3. Lorna

    That’s just lovely! You look great in it. I love it, but like Jenna, I think I’d be too cold – my arms are always the coldest part of me. Maybe I should just see that as an excuse to crochet lots of armwarmers and make lots of capes?! Or perhaps I could wear it round the house… or persuade the man friend to move to warmer climes? Or just man up and put up with the cold in the name of fashion…

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  4. discodots

    So glad you posted this. I have this cut out and ready to sew from last year. With Autumn just around the corner time to get it out of storage and get cracking I think! I love your boiled wool version, might have to have one of those too….after I finish the first one:-)

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  5. Ashley

    You had me at three pattern pieces. Love it! I’m actually sewing clothes now! Just starting with the girl’s dresses but getting there!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  6. Jenya

    Love your new cape Laura. The colour is perfect for you, and how fun is the lining! I have been living in my cape until it got too cold. Now it is warming up again it is time to start wearing it again.

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  7. Sara

    Looks great! I only wish it were cooler here. I might get a couple months of wear out of it in the middle of winter, but I’m afraid I wouldn’t get to wear it much. Someday we’ll live in the North again, I hope.

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