Capes

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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This dress is not based on an actual vintage pattern but I still had a very “vintage” look in mind. After I recently found out how much I enjoy to more consciously “design” my sewing projects I decided to approach my next project in a different way, more or less without a fixed pattern and with lots of time to come up with my own ideas. In the last weeks I sewed my christmas dress with these principles in mind – and it was so much fun! I had bought the lilac wool last spring and combined it with different ribbons and pieces of lace. The skirt is based on my usual beloved dirndl “pattern” but I added a horizontal pleated part. Back and front are decorated with the same ribbons but in a different manner. For the cape I used Sew Vera Venus wonderful free mini cape pattern. I used a light iron-on interfacing and added lace to the collar and the seams. Both the skirt and the cape are lined with a cream colored fabric, I usually skip this part but it feels quite luxurious. The cape’s buttons are closed with a simple frog fastening (is this the correct term? I am referring to this kind of closure.), I made it with a piece of ribbon from the skirts back. I finally made a headband from a leftover wool  scrap and adorned it with another piece of ribbon. As a result I will look like a vintage Lolita/Alice on christmas eve – not the worst thing that could have happened I guess? Anyway – I wish you a very happy christmas and am curious to see more christmas dresses appearing here in the next two weeks (-:

You can find a few more pictures are on my blog, Draped in Cloudlets.

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I did my red wool cape based on 1967 McCall’s pattern ( n° 9028) , view B .

 

 

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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. :)

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