1960s | Accessories | Capes | Dating Patterns | Pattern Drafting | Vintage Sewing

A cape for Poison Ivy

By on November 15, 2012

poison Ivy outfitI made a capelet for my daughter’s halloween costume… better late than never, hey?!

Poison Ivy was a fictional character, enemy of Batman, created by DC Comics. She made her debut appearance in 1966.

It was a very quick and easy project, self-drafted using the formula for a circle skirt with the addition of a ruffle on a collar stand.

poison ivy back

I used a weighty green polyester satin for the self and a polyester satin lining in red for the inside.

The only difficulty I had was sewing two very shiny fabrics together…nightmare!

I forgot to enclose the ribbon ties in the collar stand so I used a couple of glitzy buttons to hide the ends of the ribbon which were sewn to the right side!

poison ivy capelet

She was very happy with the result and she looked amazing with the whole ensemble! I just feel very old!!

poison ivy costume

I have included a ‘how-to‘ on my blog, just in case you fancy making one! 😉

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1940s | Capes | Dresses

A Special Occasion Gown

By on November 4, 2012

I have been very lax in posting my recent projects here.  One of the reasons is that I have been very busy in the sewing room.

The special occasion (and the perfect excuse to make something completely over the top) was the opening gala of a local symphony.

I used Butterick 6408 as my pattern.

Every few months I pull out my vintage reproduction patterns and feel guilty about all of the dresses I have not yet made.  Sometimes I even have the idea and the fabric on hand – all that is missing is spare time and, in this case, a suitable occasion.   Thankfully, I finally found the perfect reason to make up this full length gown.  One down, goodness knows how many more to go . . .

The project took an entire month, but I feel like all of the work and a few injuries to my fingers (thanks to all of the wire work) was worth it in the end.

The entire saga may be found on my blog, Lilacs & Lace.

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1920s | Capes | Downton Abbey Inspired | Vintage Sewing

Downton derived

By on September 19, 2012
Lady Cora's mum-ITV.com Photo Gallery
Lady Cora's mum from ITV.com Photo Gallery

Downton Abbey Series 3 has started in the U.K.  Everyone everywhere else will have to wait varying amounts of time before seeing it on local tellies, but hopefully we’ll begin hearing and seeing inspirations from our U.K.-based We Sew Retro colleagues before then.  (hint-hint!)

I’ve read that this season’s 1920s fashions will include marcel waves, crushed velvet and lots of beading.  I, inspired by that sweeping arm of Lady Cora’s mum as she arrives at Downton and descends from her limo, might have discovered what to do with a bit of stash fabric, below.

Velour from stash
Velour from stash

Only sticky wicket is the fabric is velour, with a lot of lengthwise stretch.  Will need to back it with something to stop gravity, and provide more warmth.  Perhaps wool & non-stretchy, iron-on interfacing?  This will require some thought, but might be sorted by the time Downton rolls across the pond January 2013.  Especially if lovely colleagues here have suggestions.  (hint-hint encore!)

Velour + Folkwear Cape?
Velour + Folkwear #264 Monte Carlo Tunic/Cape?

Meanwhile, am looking forward to reading everyone else’s thoughts and inspirations!

U.S. Preview & Trailer:
ITV Photo Gallery U.K. site

This entry on my blog has a few more links.

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Capes

McCall’s 3033 Cape

By on May 29, 2012

Using cape B  pattern McCall’s 3033

I refashioned a tweed skirt that I picked up second hand into a cape. I did not have enough tweed fabric to complete the entire pattern, so have used an alternate navy fabric for the back. Fastened at the front, with a dollar brooch, picked up from an op shop.

You can see the alternate fabric change here (hood shown, is not part of the cape)..
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1930s | Capes | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

1930s Winter Wear

By on March 6, 2012

Today I’ve gotten side tracked by the 1930s because of a lovely piece of rust and cream herringbone wool given to me by a friend that just needed to be made into something 1930s and fabulous. Eva Dress SE30-1399 had been waiting in my pattern stash for just such an opportunity!

It goes smashingly with this 1930s sweater I also recently knit from A Stitch in Time Vol. 2. This whole ensemble has me wishing for more wintery days so I can wear it!

Find more details and a pattern review on my blog.

 

 

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1960s | Capes

Simplicity 6651 – Wool cape

By on January 16, 2012

Hi everyone! This is my first post here, but I’ve been admiring everyone’s makes for some time. I wanted to share my completed cape from this winter – Simplicity 6651.

 

Here’s the pattern envelope:

 

 

I made this out of a loose-weave wool with a faux fur collar and a poly satin lining. I even did bound buttonholes! I had to draft the lining and facings myself –  a feat I am quite proud of.

However, after all that effort I’m just not that fond of it. It might be that it is just too big for me (I made a medium and I am 36″ in the bust). Or it might just be the style. It was an excellent learning experience though! So now the question is, to keep or not keep? And what do people think about capes in general?

More details on my blog: Errant Pear

 

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1930s | 1940s | 1950s | Capes

Little 30’s/40’s style cape

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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.

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