For Christmas last year my niece, Amelia, asked if I would make her a cloak. I asked about the style and ascertained she preferred a Lord of the Rings type cloak rather than a Folkwear's Kinsale cloak -- a McCall's pattern (.99 on sale (cover price $16.95!)) was just right. We finally coordinated our schedules and met at Vogue Fabrics in Evanston on Friday. She loved the wool suitings at $19.95/yard. So did I, but not for the cloak. I found a linen-texture polyester for $8.95/yard. The pattern required 5-3/8. Amelia chose a bottle-green poly for the hood lining.
Vogue is known for its fashion fabrics. Home dec is a strong secondary line. Quilting fabric is a small part of the business. Nonetheless, I did find some quilty bargains in the remnant room, as well as a piece of navy wool for a skirt. (The navy skirt I made in 1995 no longer fits and cannot be altered.)
Sunday report: the cloak is finished! It wasn't hard, just awkward with huge pattern pieces. (No photo because all you'd see is a lot of black fabric.)
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