Confession time! I absolutely love and adore capes. I don´t mean a simple circle without lining or construction. I am talking about Vintage Style fully lined / interlined capes with a hood or collar, nice design choices and handsewn details.
So, my autumn and winter sewing was (besides all the dresses I have shown on my IG home feed) capes, capes and capes. And guess what there are more capes on my sewing list right now but more of companion capes to match a certain dress or skirt but also delicate evening capes. Let me show you what I created this winter so far, what patterns I used and basic tips and tricks about sewing capes in generally will be provided in this blogpost series.
Cape no.1 Burda Style 7154
I instantly fell in love with this pattern. I often thought I need something warmer on my shoulders in spring or autumn but still something that would show my dress. You know what I mean?
This pattern has a 5cm / 2″ wide gap in the front which shows your blouse / dress. A classic considering my image research on Vintage Capes. Especially bridal, afternoon, evening, theater and opera capes would leave a gap to show your lovely gown underneath.
I decided I wanted something very basic that would match a huge variety of my wardrobe. A cape which would allow my dresses to be the main focus of attention but to underline my way of dressing Vintage and keeping me warm of course. Cape B with the simple Neckline of View A would provide that in my opinion.
The pattern instructions of Burda 7154 are very simple and straight forward so in this case I don’t have much more too add but I would advise you to choose your materials carefully. The impression of your cape is determind by your fabric, lining and interlining. A cheap polyester sateen will hardly give you a great result. Look for higher quality fabrics on sale if you are on a budget.
A cape needs structure which facings, linings, interlinings and fusible edge tape will provide. Now I can’t tell you which kind you will need for your project but consider the weight of your fabric and match your linings and so on accordingly. Staystitching your neckline would be another good choice in most cape projects.
In my case I chose a 100% medium weight wool fabric in black from a nearby shop to provide some warmth and a high quality antistatic lining. The photos are not top of the notch because a) we live in a small flat so no photospace and b) the oh so lovely joys of photographing black clothing. I guess most of my sewing readers know what I am talking about. So please apologize the photo quality of this cape.
Burda 7154 View B with Neckline A (e-Pattern)
- 100% medium weight wool in black
- antistatic silk lining in light and dark grey
- fusible edge tape
- shoulder pads
- Gütermann thread Col.000 black
- handsewing needle
Watch out for:
as mentioned above the materials
Yes, oh yes. I would love to make the evening length View A in a velvet or jaquard.
Cape no.2 Ullstein Verlag true Vintage Pattern 1970’s
This pattern is one of my most beloved treasures. The cape is well drafted, very practical and yet elegant. Since I don’t suppose you get a copy of this particular pattern from the 70’s I won’t talk about the instructions in detail because vintage patterns assume you know how to do it correctly without detailed instructions which might be a problem for some beginners. If you have a copy thought please don´t hesitate to ask me for help.
Ullstein Chic International U6863 View B (no collar / with hood)
- coat fabric brown pepita 40% wool 60% poly
- antistatic lining dark brown (cape)
- antistatic lining golden yellow (hood)
- Gütermann thread brown
- coat hooks & bars
- frog closures
- fake fur
One and a half week Ladies and Gentlemen. I hear you are asking ‘ why Anna ? ‘ Well, I was stitching this baby by hand. Yes, by hand while lying in bad with a cold and feeling not good enough to sit on my sewing machine but I could not sleep either so I needed something to do.
Additional fake fur around the hood
like a glove
easy but time consuming
Watch out for:
I already did. You will see my ‘Russian Empress Cape’ in Part two 🙂
And this was part one of my cape series. I hoped you liked it and please feel free to ask me questions about my cape sewing projects or about sewing capes in general. I would love to help you!
Best wishes, Anna