Monday, 19 September 2011

More than Cape-able


Ready for another cape?


Jon snaffled this 1970s "Craftcentre" Welsh-made capelet for 50p from the nearly new rail at a jumble sale a few weeks ago.


I thought things were about to kick off when an old lady stopped us on the way out of the church hall to ask if we'd got a cape in our bag but thankfully I was safe, she just wanted to make sure I'd bought it as she said there were few people who'd do it as much justice as I would. How sweet.





 After salivating over a sexy backing singer at Glasto rocking leather hot pants I decided to get the scissors out on these fab 1980s leather pants my fabulous friend Kitty had sent me last year. I loved them as trousers but they work so much better as shorts. The leather is so buttersoft and luxurious I had no trouble at all hemming them on the sewing machine.



Up-cycled leather shorts worn with  grey suedette ankle boots (£5, local boutique), 1970s C&A tee-shirt (£1.99, Banardos), denim waistcoat (£5, bought pre-Millennium),  Patchwork leather shoulder bag (£1, car boot sale), Felt corsage-trim hat (50p, car boot sale)

Is it a keeper? Maybe. Stephen Squirrel seems keen and it went down well in Asda, too.

53 comments:

  1. aaah gorgeous cape Vix!
    And I love those shorts too! :)

    Jules @ Juleslovesthe80s

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  2. Hi my dear!! keep it for definite!! It goes fabulously well with the upcycled leather shorts, you look lovely xxx

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  3. Vixcita,
    ooooh love green and orange cape colors. even more with sexy purple leather shorts. your kitty is adorable posing with his Mama. what a kind granny checking to see if you bought the cape.Your beautiful long locks are extra wavy today.
    luv ya.

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  4. The whole look is perfect. I believe I'd look like a nurse or nanny in a cape - so enjoying seeing you wear them so well.

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  5. Definately keepers, you can out-do any rock star

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  6. Keep it, of course. Were you thinking not to?;-)

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  7. This is my favourite one so far and the shorts are fab too :) x

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  8. A real keeper I should say. They look great as does the cape.

    A bit depressing that the layers and tights are out isn't it?! Never mind, it means you shall be jetting off back to Indian soon I imagine.

    Ash is looking a little better now thanks, just washed out poor thing.

    X x

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  9. I love this one even more than the last. Steven is adorable xx

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  10. I love it, you do so well at the jumble sales. I adore the leather shorts too. Xx

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  11. Pretty pretty pretty, I love wools like this =) Very nice!

    Did you catch Carnaby Undressed? It was on the yesterday channel (believe it or not- yesterday) but I only caught the last 2 mins, so disappointing as it looked great and I was reminded of you when they showed the colourful 60's streets!

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  12. love the cape, you look amazing. i just got one too1

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  13. Oh I love it!! The shorts look fantastic with it....I wonder if I could wear shorts and tights here or if that would not be ok?? hmmmm Might have to try that out. Love your outfit :) The Cape, The Hat, The Vest, The Boots...Ugh your just a genius putting this stuff together. I stand at my closet door dumbfounded lol!! it takes me forever to pick something out and then it never looks quite how I wanted it to....Can I sign up for some wardrobe classes with you lol!! It will be nice when my stuff gets here I think it may be arriving next week then I can bust out my coats and tall boots even though it is still 140F degrees I am gonna wear it anyways hehe You look like you had fun wearing this outfit and you look Fabulous ~Wishing you a Wonderful Week ~Love Heather

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  14. Deffo a keeper! Fab outfit, Vix!
    Love your B&W pusscat too!
    Hope your pa is doing OK.
    Z xx

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  15. Too right it's a keeper! You always put together a fab outfit and I'm loving today's muted heathery tones.
    xxx

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  16. That cape is the definition of a perfect fall.

    LOVE IT!! xoxo

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  17. Ten out of ten! Fantastic outfit, when II'm slimmer and braver - I want to wear shorts and tights. All I need now is a cape...

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  18. oh my goodness! You did a fantastic job reconstructing these shorts! I love the pleats up top! I've always found that thicker materials are much easier to sew than soft silky fabrics. I love the color of your tights too!

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  19. Vix, every last thing you have on is a keeper!
    You've done a great job with those shorts, the cape is beautiful (found mine, by the way!) and as usual you are rocking the accessories like nobody's business!
    Most handsome accessory prize goes to Stephen Squirrel, beautiful boy! (My biggest girl thinks that's the coolest name for a cat ever!)
    Hope to chat soon!! xxxxxxxxx

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  20. you're really cute in your leather shorts, so pretty color!, and love your cape and hat!, I think that old lady was right, you're doing justice to the cape and to the whole outfit!
    besos

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  21. Great cape! You're brave wearing shorts in this weather, even with tights x

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  22. You certainly are doing that cape justice - it looks stunning on you. Your leather shorts look amazing too, brilliant idea to alter leather trousers like that.

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  23. great outfit as usual! love the hat and shoes!
    www.cocoandolivebeauty.com

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  24. O,wa-hey,you sexy minx!!! Steven Squirrel knows where the hot stuff is!!! Phwoar!!That cape is super fabularsole!!! It's a bloody cape fest at yours,isn't it?!
    Yep,I like those trous better as shorts too!
    Love you,lovely to chat last night,my darling!!!
    Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  25. defo a keeper, you look hot! I bet there were a few fellas in Asda who got a dig in the ribs for looking at you by their other halfs - beautiful!
    I love the lady who stopped you to ask about the cape, i could just imagine a jumble sale brawl over the ownership of an item! Scarlett x

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  26. Capelets are my favorite to sew & wear! I just love this one you are wearing........very chic with the boots!

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  27. Cracking legs Vix! I would get them out even in the winter if mine looked like that! Another winner cape!
    Sophie
    x

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  28. Nice nail polish... chic outfits, you look great!

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  29. The cape is so cute, and a great outfit altogether. I love the shorts too.

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  30. The cape is so cute, and a great outfit altogether. I love the shorts too.

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  31. This is such a great look! I LOVE those boots!

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  32. Ha, not another vicious granny... luckily they are not all greedy for your finds! The cape is beautiful and the shorts are hot-hot-hot. Keeper! xoxo

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  33. Those pants look amazing as shorts! I wouldn't have even known they weren't shorts to begin with if you didn't mention it. Capes look pretty damn fabulous on you, did you know that? I don't think I've seen anyone else look quite so good in them - obviously that lady thought so too!

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  34. Keep the capes coming! I am a lover of capes - waiting to see a full blown welsh wool!

    Those shorts are pretty hot too!

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  35. I LOVE the cape - and the pants are fabulous as shorts. Also AORE you in that gorgeous hat. You are divine, as always. How marvellous that locals appreciate your exquisite taste!

    Sarah xxx

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  36. The look fab as shorts and a great length too. How sweet of that lady it's a great way to rug up.

    E :)

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  37. Oh yes they work superbly well as Autumn/Winter shorts with those tights underneath. Very smart and chic.

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  38. And rock that cape you certainly do my lovely! I envy you going into cape and tights weather ... sigh ... there just aren't enough cold days here for me to get through my obscene number of winter clothes. I'm grinning from ear to ear over the lady's comment about you deserving to buy the cape:)). Such a fantastic idea to turn the trews into shorts - you'll probably end up wearing them so much more because you can show off your super-large tights collection on your super-gorgeous pins!! xoxoxoxoxoxox

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  39. Those leather shorts are AWESOME!

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  40. Great idea cutting off the pants if you'll get more wear out of them! I have another pair in red, I might have to follow your example.x.

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  41. I love that cape, really sweet the lady wanted you to have it. Looks nice and warm for autumn.

    The shorts look great, I have never tried sewing leather.

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  42. Your outfit is to die for and you have such amazing legs! :] Pretty as always Vix.

    xxxx

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  43. 50p ~ bargain! You always look so sytlist :)

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  44. That cape is sublime and looks for toasty warm and I adore what you did to those leather shorts, SEXY!!!! Look at your little kitty....ahhhhh she is cute!!! You look so good in these floppy hats Vix!!!

    The cat is cute But you are CUTIER!!!!!

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  45. those colour shades are wonderful and the shorts with the boots are sooo 60's, totally love that look on you!

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  46. Gorgeous cape! I love the purple against the green - those earrings remind me of flamenco dancers earrings.

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  47. I am going through your posts backwards and my comment for the previous post has somehow ended up here but anyhow, OMG! - I thought I had a cape collection but look at yours!! Yet another fabulous cape. I have to know - what's your "number"?

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