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The Legolas Cape

It's finally done.



I pretty much balked out of the second row of closures. I still have 3 clasps I can add on but the one I did put on was so frustrating I decided to cool off first. The cape is closed with snaps on the inside. I need to redo one of them I think, the second set pulls a bit:



The top clasp - which gives this cape it's name of The Legolas Cape - I got from MacCulloch and Wallis.


All in all, I really like it. It took forever to finish, but it's remarkably easy to wear. It also has a "novelty" feel to it.

I think this will get a lot of wear, especially if the weather in London remains the way it was this weekend.



The amount of time and effort I put into it has certainly paid off!

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  1. The cape is just beautiful! What a great addition to your wardrobe!

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    1. Thank you! It is great, especially for chilly mornings like today.

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  2. Looks great, and you can definitely rock the cape/jeans combo. Can't wait to see what you do with the Chanel lining too!

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    1. Yeah, at the moment cape/jeans is my only idea - not sure how well it will work with a skirt, but I think cape/jeans/heels will also work well.

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  3. Gorgeous colour! Definitely a good idea to have a break before finishing the closures. Snaps are so difficult to get just right first time. Do show us a picture with all the clasps too.

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    1. Indeed - I had another go at them yesterday night, but I think the clasps themselves are not the best - they only have one catch so the clasp will dangle down unless anchored to the other half.

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