During some recent blog surfing, I stumbled upon a Trina Turk Capelet and my heart melted. I was in love! Unfortunately, if I wanted to buy one, I was two years too late.
So rather than pine for the capelet that would never be, I got to work on creating one myself.
I picked up a skirt from the thrift store and downloaded this free cape pattern from Fitz Patterns to use as a starting point. When refashioning a garment, you only get one shot at it, so if making up a pattern, it really pays to use scrap fabric to make some mock ups with first.
Tip: When pressing out creases from wool fabric, place a damp tea towel on top of the fabric before ironing to avoid doing any damage. A tip gained from the days of pressing my high school kilt.
So, total cost: Skirt = $5, buttons = $6.50 (I can’t believe they cost me so much!)
Total = $11.50. Not bad!!