1960s | Capes

simplicity 5669: i finished a wool cape, and today it was 60 degrees out.

January 7, 2012

simplicity 5669, a great 60s cape that seems very “in” right now. i could swear i saw this hanging in the window at coach earlier this fall. it’s actually been on my to-do list since before i started my 1930s cape, and i bought the fabric in september during the PR shopping day – snagged 3 yards from kashi.

i catch-stitched most of the interior seams, including them, facings, and arm slits. i had a trusty flannel underlining in there for extra warmth.


Pattern Description:
Simplicity 5669; ©1964; MISSES’ SUIT AND CAPE: The lined jacket is collarless featuring long, set-in sleeves, front button closing and top-stitching detail. Purchased belt at waistline is optional. Skirt, with darts and side zipper, joins at waistband. Cape, styled with collar, front button closing and side front sections with opening for arms, is lined. (from vintage pattern wiki)

Pattern Sizing:
sz 14/34B

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
it’s all about the cape.  i wanted something very 60s without too much adornment or complication.

Fabric Used:
wool tartan plaid from metro textiles
cotton flannel interlining from jo-ann fabrics
flannel-backed “satin” from jo-ann fabrics

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
one only needs so many capes…and i already have two.
capes are so, so in right now, but this style is more distinctively vintage so it felt more fun.  totally recommend a cape to anyone thinking of jumping on the trend, and this one is a gem if you come across it.  will not sew again because i now have 2 different capes, but this is a great pattern.

full post and cute cat shenanigans at puu’s door of time
  1. The weather is insane, isn’t it. I was outside in a t-shirt today when this time last year was all about driving on solid ice.

    You’re rocking this. And I’m glad to see you’re not actually headless 😉

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