Little 30′s/40′s style cape

 

Last Sunday I made this little cape in a pale blue felt mainly to double check a pattern before I cut it in something else but I like how it turned out and will wear it this Spring I expect. Originally conceived to go with a 1930′s style dress it now looks more 1950′s…

Below is the original collarless cape made to go with this 1930′s style velvet dress I made for New Years Eve (I like to be glam at least one night of the year!) The velvet is a good weight silk/rayon mix… I got it from a friend who said he’d had it at least 30 years so practically vintage fabric

As velvets go it was easy to sew, not horribly slippy like some velvets. The neck and sleeve edges are finished with self bias bindings, only pinked (scalloping shears actually) on the inside instead of folded under to cut down on bulk.

To hem I machine stay-stitched  just a fraction below the hem line, pinked close to the stitching and turned it up just past the stitching and hand caught it in place. It makes for a nice fluid hem on bias velvet and looks neat on the inside too.

I’ve put up a free pdf  pattern at the bottom of the linked post for making the blue collared style yourself.

• Meet the Author • Jeanne


Professional costumier & pattern designer and it's also what I do for fun... usually 1930s & 1940s style.


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4 comments… add one

  • Really pretty would love to see it on!

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  • I’ve bookmarked it! Thanks so much for making it!

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  • Thanks for the pattern…I am going to make it using some vintage really deep gold velvet I scored for $5…will post a pic.

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    • You are very welcome :) I look forward to seeing what you make, deep gold velvet sounds lovely!

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