I had hoped to finish a muslin to check Anna's cape for fit. As luck would have it, I ran out of muslin before cutting out all the pieces so I had to go back to the store. I got as far as basting the body to the yoke and pinning the capelet at the shoulders. Just eyeballing it on the table, I think it needs to be longer. I'm hoping the shoulders will fit. If not, I'll have to alter the pattern for width as well as length.
After spending time online looking for the right trim for Anna's cape, I settled on a dark red half-inch gimp braid whose color was identified as ruby. I had hoped for a wine or a burgundy. It looked dark on my monitor, but we all know how very different colors can appear in real life versus online. I ordered two yards of it and held my breath until it arrived. Big sigh of relief! It's even darker than the small length of gimp I was hoping to match. My old piece of gimp braid is narrower, so I may use it on the collar and save the wider braid for the body of the cape. I didn't bother ordering pom pom fringe. One, I couldn't match the color of my braid and two, I don't like pom poms anyway.
To cap off my week I ordered some fabrics to serve as photo backgrounds for the finished outfits. I wanted snow and/or wintry scenes, two motifs that the local stores seem to have put away for the season. In fact, the nearest fabric store had progressed beyond both Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day and was showcasing Easter. I guess that means that a few weeks before Easter we'll be treated to the red-white-and-blue of the patriotic holidays as well as the beachy colors of summer. Welcome to retail!