1960s Cape

by Kristin on March 10, 2014 · 12 comments

in 1960s,Capes,Vintage Sewing

I made a cape and so far it’s perfect and I love it!

I used Vogue 6032 from 1963 and I used a charcoal wool with purple satin lining. It’s fairly warm, except for the no-sleeves bit so it’s perfect for the spring now that it’s starting to warm up.

I had a bit of trouble converting all the hand stitching in the pattern instructions to my new serger (as I’m fairly inexperienced with both hand-stitching and serging), but I think it came out really well.

It took a bit of practice to get used to walking with my arms out front instead of to the sides, but really it’s like going out with a fashionable blanket on so how can you go wrong??

More construction details and pictures on my blog.

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Aaminah March 10, 2014 at 4:26 pm

Beautiful job! Very fashionable, great color choice and nicely executed. I love capes especially with a matching hat :-)

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Kristin March 11, 2014 at 8:56 am

Thanks! I love the idea for a matching hat!!

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Eliza Brown March 10, 2014 at 6:03 pm

That’s so gorgeous! I want one!!! So well made, well done :-)

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Kristin March 11, 2014 at 8:56 am

Thank you!! You should make one too! :-)

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Sally March 10, 2014 at 7:59 pm

That’s seriously cute. I’ve been wanting to make a cape since I saw Blair on Gossip Girl wearing one (don’t judge!), but I live in a hot climate so it seems a little needless. I’ve been pining over 1950s patterns for sundresses with capelets though, as a more reasonable alternative.

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Kristin March 11, 2014 at 8:57 am

Ha, I used to love Gossip Girl and almost everything Blair wore – I need to find that cape picture!! And yes, perhaps capes are unnecessary in hot climates. So sad…

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Jeanette March 11, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Lovely! I have a vintage pattern just like this, I think I would look more Miss Marple in it though, you look lovely!

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Kristin March 12, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Nonsense, you should make one up as well!!

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Jet Set Sewing March 11, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Love it! It has a very “Sound of Music” vibe. Looks like a lot of fun to wear.

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Kristin March 12, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Ha, thanks! It’s definitely fun wearing out!

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Kath March 12, 2014 at 1:44 am

I LOVE your 60s cape! It looks fabulous on you! I’m inspired!

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Kristin March 12, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Thank you so much!!

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