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.
More specifically, my inspiration for this Liesl + Co Woodland Stroll Cape came from two places:
- Ever since making the child version of this cape I’ve known that I wanted one for myself. (Yup, here I go again making matching clothing!).
- Florence’s (Flossie Teacakes) boiled wool blazer has made me curious to try a project in this fabric.
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!
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Thanks for reading and here’s hoping you feel inspired to get your autumn wardrobe started!