This week I attended the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, WA for the first time ever, and it was an amazing experience. I went alone, attended a couple classes, and shopped til I dropped…almost. I forgot to eat and by the end of the day I was a bit dizzy…oops.
When I spotted the Pendletoon Woolen Mills booth I freaked out and ran over RIGHT away. I absolutely LOVE their wool. I have been dying to make a trip down to the mill in Portland, OR so I could make a beautiful cape I spotted on Pinterest that is the DIY Easy Cape by Merrick’s Art. She used Pendleton Wool in her DIY tutorial and I knew immediately I wanted to make mine out of Pendleton Wool as well.
Thankfully with the expo booth, I no longer had to wait to make it! So I grabbed a beautiful yard of their super thick and cozy wool/cotton blend fabric and made it the second I got home! I got a pretty sweet deal as well – normally 1 yard of their wool fabric is $109 and I got it for around $70 as an expo special. I also purchased some plaid wool fabric to make my husband a long sleeve button up and got it for $20/yard with their expo “plaidurday” special.
This cape only took me 1.5 hours to make. If you check Merrick’s tutorial, you’ll see that all you have to do is make a single cut halfway into the middle of the fabric then sew around. I opted for a serged edge all the way around, which is what helps make it reversible. If you don’t have a serger, you can follow her tutorial and hem all the way around.
I look forward to styling this with a thin black belt to give it more of a poncho look. I will definitely be enjoying this cape until the weather starts to warm up here in the Seattle area!
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