Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Cape Weather

There's a distinct chill in the air: winter has most emphatically arrived. And you know what that means - it's time to bring out the capes. Not that they ever really went away - this is Britain, after all; I was wearing a cape in July.


I LOVE my capes. It started with one in hot pink which I got for a ridiculous bargain price from the fancy dress rail in a local charity shop. Soon after that I added the plaid reversible. Then my cape collection expanded again last spring with this rather fabulous find. This one is my favourite - it's labelled James Pringle of Scotland, and I get compliments every time I wear it. You've seen a glimpse of it before, but I thought I'd share a photo of it in its full glory!


I've also just completed sewing this elbow-length capelet from a 1951 pattern - with bound buttonholes and a proper lining and everything. It was so much fun to sew! I'm selling this one - £40 plus actual postage (happy to ship worldwide).


I think I'm addicted - I'm already planning on sewing another cape, but first I need to decide on a pattern...










PS: Penny Dreadful Vintage has just added several capes to her online shop.

17 comments:

  1. I love capes. The best make I ever did!

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  2. I love the shorter capelets, can't wait to try making one!

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  3. How are you ever going to make a decision?!! I think that S9669 would have to be my fave, followed closely by S3122 :) I also really love the New York Cape pattern that Tessuti put out a couple of years ago.

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  4. I want to make a short cape too! That red one looks amazing !:)

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  5. I do like capes and I also love that black velvet one you have for sale on e bay. If I could afford it I'd buy it, mind you I'd possibly need a train bearer to go with it!

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  6. I would probably never sew one because I'd be procrastinating over which pattern to use! I love the wee red one you made, it's an absolute beauty and I'm sure it will be snapped up:). I adore capes, hopelessly addicted in fact - good luck with choosing your next project:).

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  7. I love capes!! Unfortunately, where I live in Canada, there is normally only about 5 days a year where the weather is right for them. (I still do own 2 capes: one vintage and one made by me. I just don't get to wear them more than a couple times a year). I must add that all your capes are stunning! I especially love the plaid ones :)

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  8. Uh oh I hear my purse cry... this post has def made me think I need to go purchase a cape!

    You look superb!! :D

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  9. What a lovely collection of cape patterns! I'd been thinking that I wanted to make a cape with the leftover black wool suiting and lining from a coat I made for my love... this has given me lots of good ideas!

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  10. Lovely. I'm all for bringing back the cape!

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  11. I love all your capes. They add such a vintage touch to every outfit and I think they're really comfortable. What a large variety of capes you've found. Surely it's very difficult to choose one of these. I think the first ones are the most elegant. Hugs from Miss Maple

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  12. That plaid cape is just gorgeous! I'm struggling with wearing mine. I Love it, but I find it is colder to wear than it looks. Especially riding a bike. And I have trouble combining it with the right bag.

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  13. I love capes :) Especially red ones! You look lovely as usual <3

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  14. I adore capes, too, especially for a thoroughly nippy climate like the one we get here in Canada during the winter. At present though, I only have one in my closet, but it is (if I may humbly say so myself) rather a beaut (it's a 1950s faux black fur number - very cozy and perfect for winter date nights). Hopefully I'll come across more to add to my closet over the years as well.

    ♥ Jessica

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  15. Oh wow! They're gorgeous!

    I love some of those patterns but can't find them to buy. :(

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