Sunday, March 13, 2011

Houndstooth Capelet Sewing DIY

This week's sewing project is a mini-capelet made of a blue and black houndstooth (LOVE the color and print!) material.   To make your own, use Butterick B5395 view A with a shortened length and a cozy, vibrant fabric.  Though the pattern shows a multi-button capelet, I preferred to do one dramatic button at the collar.

As far as styling goes, I know I should probably pair this with a skinnier pant but I really wanted a grey bottom and only had trouser styles.  How would you wear this?


A close-up view:

17 comments:

  1. Do you watch Glee? I can so see Emma Pillsbury wearing something like this. Or maybe pair it with a cute a-line, swingy skirt. Great job with this DIY!

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  2. good job on the cape! i love the houndstooth fabric. i wasn't quite sure on how to style it either since i have never worn one. heehee i googled it and thought these models are totally rocking it!
    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.taaora.fr/blog/images/tendances/automne_hiver_2008_2009/0808031_tendances_automne_hiver_2008_2009_capes.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.handbagsfiles.com/2010/12/02/autumnwinter-fashion-trends/&usg=__Z6ahsNpbiRbzFjBQhRVcIYdqLOM=&h=345&w=464&sz=154&hl=en&start=2&sig2=nClDPEAszCkPwq4i-ZpMpQ&zoom=1&tbnid=_KQ4772ck8zrGM:&tbnh=95&tbnw=128&ei=kox9TeayJYb2tgOi0O3eAw&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dshort%2Bcapes%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26sa%3DN%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26biw%3D1366%26bih%3D552%26tbs%3Disch:10%2C2052&um=1&itbs=1&biw=1366&bih=552

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  3. Cee - I'm a huge Glee fan / "Gleek"! Kerry of LittleNashua and I love Emma's style though Kerry channels her much better :) Thanks for the suggestion! I'll have to try that!

    Ping - Thanks so much! And thanks also for the image link - I love seeing different ways to wear things like this!

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  4. I've been thinking about capelets lately - there is one on thefifteendollarstore.com that I kind of like (if you have never been to that website it's a discount retailer for juniors clothes that are several seasons old).

    This does remind me of the Kate Spade coat Emma wore in one episode (it had a similar shape). I would wear it with a pencil skirt to slim the lower part of the body. A gray pencil skirt takes about 2 hours to make if you have the right pattern...(you see where I am going with this).

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  5. Wow! You did such a good job here! I especially love the print you chose, what an interesting combination but so fun! I can't wait to see you style it because I don't know how to style capelets either!

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  6. So swingy and chic! Great job as usual on this DIY : ) I would agree that skinnier pants would probably balance out the swingyness, but I also like Kerry's suggestion to pair it with a fitted pencil skirt for an all out ladylike look.

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  7. oh i love the look of the capelet!! and the houndstooth pattern is a great choice.

    cute & little

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  8. omg i adore this capelet!! i'm obsessed with all things cobalt blue these days.. but your capelet is GORGEOUS! i def think for a normal day skinny jeans or black leggings.. but i think it would also look great with a pencil skirt for a london chic look!

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  9. Wow- so fantastic!!! Love houndstooth and the cape is just great!!!

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  10. OHWow!! What a fabulous capelet!! You've got skillz girlfriend. I love it.

    xx Love & Aloha

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  11. You did this yourself? That's really awesome.

    I think cargo skinnies or black or grey skinny jeans would look great with this.

    Or even some type of dress.

    seven-percentsolution.blogspot.com

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  12. Wow, this looks really good! :) If I were a good seamstress, I imagine I'd make a lot of my own clothes instead... I'm coming back to sewing classes this year. Hooray!

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  13. Thanks for following my blog dear :) You are so wonderfully talented! The cape is very cute!

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  14. Oh! Is that what they're called? I'm not very fashion forward and blogged about something similar to this once and ended up just writing it in details and calling it a swing jacket with a cape tendency. LOL

    It looks adorable on you.

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  15. Love the various styles and fashions discussed here.It is very beneficial for those who don't yet have a clear or good idea of dressing up to sit at home and yet know a lot about it.

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  16. Kerry - I'll have to check out that website and thanks for the suggestion! I think I do have a pencil skirt but it's one that looks more A-line so I need to fix the bottom.

    Elle - Thanks so much! I absolutely fell in love with this fabric - very different from the things I have in my closet :)

    Jean - Thank you! I'll have to try some skinnier bottoms and see how they look.

    Kileen, Annie, Fashion to Go - Thank you so much for the kind words ladies!

    Lisa - Aww, thank you! I love that vibrant blue too! I don't think I could pull it off as one solid color so this was a safe way for me to try it :)

    Sharonlei - Thanks so much for dropping by and commenting such sweet words!

    Aki - Thanks so much! I've been trying to do 1-2 DIY projects a week and hoping to keep developing better skills :) Thanks for the suggestions!

    Hi Jen! :) Thank you!!

    Hurricanekerrie - Thank you! Oooh, interested to see what you'll make! I love your color combos so I can only imagine the fab stuff you'd come up with!

    Gracie - Thank you! I only recently found out they were called capelets. I think I used to refer to them as mini-ponchos :)

    Anniversary gift ideas - Thank you for stopping by and commenting! Glad you like it :)

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