INSPIRATION: WALKING CAPE

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” – Charles Dickens

Our Walking Cape is the perfect all-weather staple, and it lives in my closet all year long. It is the ideal companion for the days between summer and fall, for cold plane rides, and hot summer afternoons spent in chilly movie theaters—and now it is the third pattern in our Build a Wardrobe program. Snap or no snap, pockets or no pockets—the Walking Cape is an easily customizable wrap.

Below you can find design choices for some our favorite designs over the years.

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OUR DESIGN CHOICES

Fabric – 100% organic medium-weight cotton jersey
Fabric color for outer layer – Navy
Fabric color for inner layer – Navy
Button Craft thread – Navy #13
Textile paint color – Pearl Charcoal
Stencil – Medium Polka Dot
Technique – Backstitch Reverse Appliqué
Knots – Inside
Seams – Clean Finished
Binding stitch – Cretan

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OUR DESIGN CHOICES

Fabric – 100% organic medium-weight cotton jersey
Fabric color for outer layer – Black
Fabric color for inner layer – Black
Button Craft thread – Black #2
Suggested textile paint color – Pearl Charcoal*
Stencil –  Spirals, see page 86 of Alabama Studio Sewing + Design 
Technique – Alabama Fur – see page 83 of Alabama Studio Sewing + Design for instructions
Knots – Outside
Seams – Clean Finished
Binding stitch – Cretan

*Note that our artisans sew this technique free-handed, but the choices are listed above for stencil and paint color should you want to use the stencil as a guide.

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OUR DESIGN CHOICES

Fabric – 100% organic medium-weight cotton jersey
Fabric color for outer layer – Navy
Fabric color for inner layer – Navy
Button Craft thread – Navy #13
Textile paint color – Pearl Charcoal
Stencil – Large Polka Dot
Technique – Featherstitch Negative Reverse Appliqué
Knots – Outside
Seams – Clean Finished
Binding stitch – Cretan

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