1950s | Capes | Jackets

1950 Velveteen Capelet

By on February 24, 2013

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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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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