Needless to say (considering the lack of photos), I forgot my camera today.
However it was a productive and inspiring day with a perfected pattern (at least in 2D!) and cut wool.
I found that I can bag out the neckline which will right the problem of gathering at the neck and reduces the strained appearance of tension. My cape is also now full of fabric much to the delight off all, and hopefully myself eventually.
Due to abstract and spanning pattern pieces I have next to no left over wool, so focus, focus (don’t be tempted to experiment) when contstructing!