Capes

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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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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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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simplicity 5669, a great 60s cape that seems very “in” right now. i could swear i saw this hanging in the window at coach earlier this fall. it’s actually been on my to-do list since before i started my 1930s cape, and i bought the fabric in september during the PR shopping day – snagged 3 yards from kashi.

i catch-stitched most of the interior seams, including them, facings, and arm slits. i had a trusty flannel underlining in there for extra warmth.

 

Pattern Description:
Simplicity 5669; ©1964; MISSES’ SUIT AND CAPE: The lined jacket is collarless featuring long, set-in sleeves, front button closing and top-stitching detail. Purchased belt at waistline is optional. Skirt, with darts and side zipper, joins at waistband. Cape, styled with collar, front button closing and side front sections with opening for arms, is lined. (from vintage pattern wiki)

Pattern Sizing:
sz 14/34B

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
it’s all about the cape.  i wanted something very 60s without too much adornment or complication.

Fabric Used:
wool tartan plaid from metro textiles
cotton flannel interlining from jo-ann fabrics
flannel-backed “satin” from jo-ann fabrics

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
none.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
one only needs so many capes…and i already have two.
Conclusion:
capes are so, so in right now, but this style is more distinctively vintage so it felt more fun.  totally recommend a cape to anyone thinking of jumping on the trend, and this one is a gem if you come across it.  will not sew again because i now have 2 different capes, but this is a great pattern.

full post and cute cat shenanigans at puu’s door of time

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