Vogue 2924 - Donna Karan Cape With Some Meditation

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My Inspiration:

Donna Karan Collection - F/W2005

Project Details:

Pattern: Vogue 2924 - Donna Karan Collection (OOP)

Pattern Sizing: 6 - 20, I cut the 16
Description: Unlined, hip length cape has collar, flaps and pockets, front princess seams with openings for belt and purchased trim.

Did it look like the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? It does.

Fabric: Black Wool Felt from Hancock Fabrics and it was a bit of a bear to work with. I didn't want to over press it (which a did a little on the pocket flaps). I had to beat it into submission with my clapper.

Were the instructions easy to follow? They were pretty well-written.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I've had this pattern since it was released and I'm just now getting around to making it. I love that even though it's considered a "trend", this is a classic pattern that I know I'll be pulling out for years to come.

I didn't care for the way the instructions suggested applying the grosgrain trim. I remembered I'd just seen something similar in the book I'd just reviewed called the "Petersham 'Peek' Seam" and I used that method instead.

You would *THINK* that an unlined cape would be pretty simple. Not this one. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't difficult... just tedious. If you notice that it does have a Hong Kong finish. In my opinion, it's quicker to just line it. Also the appliques were a bit time consuming as well. Luckily sewing can often be like meditation when I get into a great project!

Notice the hem is finished with a pinked edge.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I didn't have to make any!

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I wouldn't sew this again. It's pretty unique, so one in my wardrobe is enough. I do recommend this.

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  1. Hi Erica! I just bought a Donna Karan Vogue sewing pattern. I'm trying to decide what size to cut. The sizes on the size code seem off; if I followed them, I would cut a size five sizes different than what I normally buy at the store. I'm wondering what you think about their sizes--do you wear the same size on the pattern as you do from the store? Thanks!

  2. Pattern sizing has NOTHING to do with retail sizing. You buy patterns according to inches.

  3. aha! thanks so much! i'm just now ready to cut; thank goodness you said that. i was about to throw caution to the wind and cut to the size i normally buy! (can you tell i never use patterns?! i usually "make" patterns from clothes that i like that i already own--this is the first time using a "real" pattern since i was a little girl!) thanks again!!

  4. ps: you cape is amazing! xx


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