I have been lusting for some camel-colored outerwear since last year. I've had this piece of fabric in my stash since Summer 2010!
I first fell in love with this cape design when it came down the Giambattista Valli Fall 2010 runway. And then I saw it worn by Fatima Siad in an editorial in the July 2010 issue of Marie Claire. I immediately ripped out the page and pinned it to my corkboard to occasionally daydream about and drool over!
Not to mention her hair is extraordinarily amazing!
And the black version was also worn by Victoria Beckham.
Vogue 8776 is not a perfect knock-off, but it really does a great job of capturing the silhouette of the original.
I used 100% wool melton coating and the cape is left unlined. There are 3 length options and I used version B. I cut the size large. I probably could have done the medium, but I wanted to make sure I'd be able to raise my arms with the unique "sleeves". There were no fit issues for me, so this baby sewed perfectly straight out of the envelope. Anytime I can do that, that's "Grade A+" pattern for me!
I really, really wanted a similar look to the original, so instead of buttons I used covered snaps.** I've been looking at other garments with covered snaps and apparently I didn't follow the rule on which side the male and female parts should go on. Oh well, what's done is done. I'll know next time.
**Note: If you decided to eliminate buttons as I did, you have to make sure to skip instructions 3, 9, 16, etc... Basically any where near the center front where you see the 2 small circles where you're instructed to reinforce and clip. These create inseam buttonholes.
The Vogue cape has inseam pockets. I wish the pattern had made provisions for a wide welt pocket like the original. And why are the pockets on these pattern never deep enough? You need room to shove your gloves in!
Here's the back...
and how it looks open.
And the gratuitous shoe shot!