1950 Velveteen Capelet

Hello my fellow vintage sewing enthusiasts!

Have you ever had a project that you started and then for some reason put it away for a year?  Well, this vintage capelet is one of mine!

1950 Velveteen Capelet

This capelet is made from Vogue 2934, a Vintage Vogue reproduction pattern.  I made this  in some vintage black rose embossed velveteen that my MIL had in her stash.  I started making this last year and had planned to wear it on Valentine’s Day 2012, but didn’t get it finished in time and then, of course, I got more interested in other projects and it sat in my unfinished garments box until last month when I took it out because I needed something warm to wear that was fitting to my retro dresses.

1950 Velveteen Capelet

It did not take me long to finish, except for the hand sewing of the lining.  It’s a pretty easy pattern to make with some vintage instructions.

1950 Velveteen Capelet

I didn’t fold the cuffs and pin them up like the pattern instructed and  instead allowed for it to be worn either straight or cuffed.

Detail of embossed black velveteen

Art Deco button

My favorite part of this capelet is this gorgeous button that I got from Britex Fabrics in San Francisco.  It was described as Art Deco, but is a little bit Roccoco to me.  I love it <3

Unfortunately, I have not been able to wear this capelet yet as it looked too black with a midnight blue silk faille 60s dress I made to wear to a luncheon last month.  It goes perfect with the red silk dupioni and black lace dress I made to wear on Valentine’s Day, but unfortunately, my husband has not taken me out for our V-day dinner yet. :(  So, hopefully I can wear this before spring arrives!  If not, at least I will have it to wear in the future. :)

• Meet the Author • tanya maile


I hail from a Northern California cattle ranch where I live with my husband and our fur kids. I've been sewing since I was a wee lass and am in love with fashions of the past -- especially the 1910s and 20s. I'm a former anthro-archaeologist who now spends her days rescuing Border Collies, repurposing "trash", organic gardening and adding to my fabric stash. I sew daily and mostly for myself as a girl can never have too many dresses.


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  • I’m not a contributor, just a reader of wesewretro, but I want to thank you and all the other lovely contributors for sharing such beautiful garments and retro goodies to drool over. You all are an inspiration!
    And I love your capelet! It’s so cozy and feminine. I hope you have that dinner to wear it out soon. It begs to be shown off. If he won’t, take yourself out with some girlfriends, girlfriend!

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    • Thank you, Valerie! :) I do hope to wear it soon!!!!!!

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  • Oh, my ~ put something away for a year? Try several! Yes, know exactly what you mean!

    But so glad you got this out & finished it up. Love the fabric, but particularly that glorious button!

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  • Lovely. Sometimes buttons are the best bits of a project! :) Glad you got such a lovely thing out of an unfinished project. Hope you get to wear it soon.

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  • Wow! So lovely!! Very good work, congratulations!!

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