this weekend, I sewed something for myself, which I haven't done for a while, or so it seems to me. I had and still have so many ideas for my little etsy shop!
But last week I stumbled upon a skirt I made ages ago. It was made very horribly, so I never really wore it, but the fabric is so pretty, so I couldn't throw it away either. I just never knew what to do with it, until I got a sudden inspiration: I'll just make a cape out of it!
My obsession with capes started because of this movie:
Do you know it? In German, it's called Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel. It's a super kitschy movie which is usually aired on TV around Christmas, but I really like it. You should definitively watch it if you haven't seen it yet!
Anyways, there's a scene where she wears a cape. Since then, I adore capes with hoods. Plus they go really well with Lolita, since they don't disturb the silhouette and are also a little decadent, because you can only wear them in spring or fall when you don't need a jacket but it's also not too hot, so they're rather an accessoire (in my humble opinion). But a very elegant one!
So when I knew what to make with the fabric, I dug out some red rose trim, which I hadn't known either what to use for. I got it once as a present, and it's very delicate.
The fabric is a wine red fake suede leather, and the lace trim is more blood-red, but I think they mesh astonishingly well. At least, I like the look.
Because I didn't have so much lace, the hem turned out a little less wide than I had in mind. Normally, I prefer it when it's wider and swings nicely, but the only alternative would have been to omit the hood, which I didn't want to.
Looking back, I probably should have lined the hood completely instead of just a trim, but I ran out of fabric and hadn't anything matching at home.
As a little extra, I adorned the seams with some decorative stitching. My sewing machine offers a wide selection of stitches, which I hardly ever use. Actually a shame.
As you might have guessed, I made this cape in the first place to match my Red Riding Hood jsk by Btssb. The fabric of the cape matches the one in the print pretty well:
I'm looking forward to wear this coordinate, but probably not in near future. Carnival season starts in march. Not the best time to wear Lolita, to be honest.