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Cypress Cape by Sewaholic

by Pauline Alice
Cypress Cape by Sewaholic
Sewaholic patterns have been favourites of mine since I started sewing. Even if I didn’t have enough time to make some of the newest patterns, when the active wear collection came out, I knew I was going to order them. And from the 4 patterns I purchased (the leggings, the sweater, the bra/top and the cape), I knew instantly the cape was going to be on the sewing machine as soon as I received it.
So here you go, the Cypress cape by Sewaholic!

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The Vancouver collection is all about active wear, nylon and waterproof fabrics, but I saw this cape with a preppy style.
The fabric I used is a grey boiled wool, it has a nice drape and is not too heavy for the pattern. Of course it doesn’t drape as nicely as the nylon version used by Tasia to illustrate the pattern but the wool has enough drape and body to accentuate lightly the triangle shape of the cape.

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Here are the few changes I made to the original pattern because of my fabric choice: for the back piece, I eliminated the folds (I just folded them on the paper and redraw the back piece), I didn’t add piping and used toggle buttons instead of velcro closure (but kept the front zipper). I also added some faux-fur to the hood, inserting it in the seam allowances between the hood and its facing.
Other than that, I followed the instructions.

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The Cypress cape is very easy to make, no lining needed (and with the boiled wool not fraying, I didn’t even have to bind all of the seam allowances), it’s a stylish and easy to wear cape. Because I love capes but it’s difficult to find one that stays put and doesn’t prevent any quite of movement… I wore it all week-end for a trip and then for a bike ride and it’s great! The wide “sleeves” allow for a lot of movement, yet the cape stays close to the body for extra warmth.Now I have to go back to my computer (Christmas surprise for you!!!) and to my sewing machine (Christmas outfit for me and lots of handmade gifts!)…
Best,

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25 comments

Francine Lacerda 9 December, 2015 - 4:56 pm

Gorgeous! I'm not a fan of active wear, so I didn't pay attention to the collection. So nice to see your version. 😉

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Pauline Alice 11 December, 2015 - 10:46 am

I don't know if I'll make all the patterns as sewing active wear is not my favourite thing but lots of these patterns have lots of possibilities for everyday wear.

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Jen L 9 December, 2015 - 5:39 pm

It's really cute! I am so tempted to make one. I just wonder how to carry a handbag, or does one just use the pockets?

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Pauline Alice 11 December, 2015 - 10:47 am

Thanks Jen! I carry my bag at elbow length, but you could use only the pockets, they're quite roomy.

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Hélène 9 December, 2015 - 5:57 pm

Superbe! J'ai aussi craqué pour ce patron, mais j'entends bien en faire une cape imperméable pour printemps prochain. Je crois que je vais faire comme toi et supprimer les plis du dos. Merci pour l'inspiration.

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Pauline Alice 11 December, 2015 - 10:49 am

Hâte de voir ta version Hélène! J'ai gardé la même largeur au bas de la pièce du dos donc même en supprimant les plis, l'envergure reste importante.

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Elizabeth 9 December, 2015 - 9:23 pm

I'm just about to insert some fake fur into a hood like you did – just a quick question, did you just fold the fur in half and sew it into the sew allowance, not adding anything behind the fur? I always assumed there was some stuffing or something to make it thicker, I don't have any fur trimmed hoods at home to feel to check.

Beautiful cape!

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Pauline Alice 11 December, 2015 - 10:50 am

Hi Elizabeth, I just folded the fur in half, no stuffing needed. The hair is quite thick and long so the volume is great like that. Good luck with your hood!

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Elizabeth 11 December, 2015 - 10:55 pm

Thank you!

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Fiona Parker 9 December, 2015 - 9:24 pm

It looks fabulous! Especially the shape from the back!

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Pauline Alice 11 December, 2015 - 10:50 am

Thanks Fiona!

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SewCraftyChemist 9 December, 2015 - 10:40 pm

It's gorgeous!!!

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Pauline Alice 11 December, 2015 - 10:51 am

Thanks!

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Tachalili 10 December, 2015 - 11:32 am

Elle te va magnifiquement bien!

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Pauline Alice 11 December, 2015 - 10:51 am

Merci beaucoup!

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Meigan 10 December, 2015 - 1:18 pm

I have been very curious to see a version of this cape in a non-activewear fabric. Yours is lovely. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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Pauline Alice 11 December, 2015 - 10:52 am

Thanks Meigan, I haven't seen many versions for the moment but I hope to see more.

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Lynne 10 December, 2015 - 2:38 pm

This is gorgeous! I too wouldn't make active-wear, so it's lovely to see this made in wool. You did a great job, and I love the furry hood!

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Pauline Alice 11 December, 2015 - 10:52 am

Thanks Lynne!

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ModSweetMod 11 December, 2015 - 9:44 am

Ta version est magnifique!
Moi qui n'ai pas encore sauté le pas sewaholic, je cours voir leur site!

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Pauline Alice 11 December, 2015 - 10:52 am

Je ne peux que te recommander leurs patrons!

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Alicia 11 December, 2015 - 10:08 am

me encanta! y parece más cómoda que otras capas que he visto por ahí. Besos!

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Pauline Alice 11 December, 2015 - 10:53 am

¡Gracias Alicia! Si que es cómoda…

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SanPini 11 December, 2015 - 10:14 am

Preciosa!
Por cierto, no se si se seguirán llamando así, pero antes a los chaquetones que llevaban ese tipo de cierre los llamábamos trencas.

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Pauline Alice 11 December, 2015 - 10:54 am

Gracias! Es verdad, se llaman trencas por aqui 😉 Habias olvidado esta palabra jeje

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