A Review of The Asymmetric Drape Cape Pdf Pattern by Trish Newbery Designs.
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The Asymmetric Drape Cape appealed to me because of the interesting shape - one side falls straight down over the shoulder while the other, longer, side has an armhole.
Designed with a generous cut to keep you cosy and warm, it's asymmetric cut is the new season flattering trend for capes and poncho style coverups.
With a wide, high neckline finished off in a band, the cape fits snugly over the right arm to wrist level and the left side has a loose asymmetric drape with an arm opening. The length on this side finishes above knee. It is designed to cover the stomach and crotch area whilst elongating and flattering the figure.
The Asymmetric Drape Cape is drafted to be constructed with fabric with a minimal to medium stretch. You could consider a heavier weight knit for Winter wear or a stretch lace for Summer. I chose to use quite a lightweight knit (even though its Winter here) because I like to layer up. I am slowly getting used to buying fabric online while we are in lockdown and was very pleased with my order from Forever Fabrics - this fabric was described as 'Black/White/Grey snakeskin stretch wool/knit fleece type' and was only £0.99 a metre so I wasn't exactly sure what I was getting but it washed well and is lovely and soft to handle and work with.
The Asymmetric Drape Cape pdf is layered and goes together very easily with plenty of anchor points on the printout so you can line up your pages accurately before gluing or taping. It comes in sizes US Letter, A4, A0 with trim and no trim options. There is also a projector file. Sizing ranges from XS-2XL which isn't a huge size range. I'm a UK 14 and my measurements put me in a XL.
There are only three pattern pieces (front, back and neck band) and the instructions are straight forward and unfussy so The Asymmetric Drape Cape is a very quick sew.
I'm really pleased with my finished Asymmetric Drape Cape as its such a comfy fit and easy to wear. I'm 5'4" and the length is good on me without any adjustment. It can certainly smarten up my day-to-day outfit of Leggings and Tee!
Final Thoughts: A very easy, quick sew with a forgiving fit. The Asymmetric Drape Cape would make a lovely gift for friends and family.