Next up: Vintage Tartan Cape

I’ve decided that my next vintage project is going to be the cape! I’ve been lusting after a cape for a while now, so I was thrilled that one of the patterns in the package from Veronica was a cape. (And matching skirt and jacket, too!) In between Pendrell Sew-Along posts, I’m going to work on this cape so it’s finished while the weather is still cold.

Capes are all over blog-world. Check out Molly’s winter-white cape from a vintage pattern – it has pockets! And look at Casey’s jacket inspiration photos, especially the red cape and matching skirt. Yes, please! Funnygrrl posted inspiration photos of capes and made a rust eyelet version! Debi has the most amazing 1930’s cape pattern and I can’t wait to see her finished project. (Did you make a cape, too? Let me know!)

Here’s my vintage cape pattern, Simplicity 5669:

This project was going to be on hold until I had some extra funds to buy fabric. However, I stopped in to Fabricana just to get thread, and found this wonderful turquoise, navy and cream 100% wool plaid! It’s soft and cosy like flannel, and was in the clearance section for only $9.99/metre, with no obvious flaws! I looked outside at the gloomy, dismal weather and decided I needed a cape.

So I splurged on the fabric and lining. I picked a contrasting cream Kasha lining – the thicker coat lining that’s brushed on the back – so my cape will be warm!

I checked the pattern and the pieces are all there – yay! And cut, which means the previous owner made herself a cape, too. The matching skirt pattern was cut too. I wonder what kind of fabric she used?

Maybe it’s my hopeless romantic side, but I’m picturing myself wearing it for walks in the park, with jeans and boots and maybe a little knitted cap. Holding hands with my guy through the cape-holes, maybe with cute leather gloves. It will be just like wrapping a blanket around my shoulders, but more sleek and stylish!

It will be an easy project to sew and fit, but a royal pain to match the plaid. Guess what’s coming soon: a tutorial on cutting and matching plaid fabric!

What do you think – yea or nay on capes? Would you wear one? Have you made one? I’d love to know!

Have a fantastic weekend and I’ll be back with the next Sew-Along post on Monday!

, , , , ,

42 Responses to Next up: Vintage Tartan Cape

  1. Kristen January 28, 2011 at 6:15 am #

    Yay on capes! I have been wanting to make a tweed cape for SO long now but haven’t gotten round to it. They are so posh!

  2. G January 28, 2011 at 6:17 am #

    I made the Cape dracula last year :) Can’t wait so see how yours come out!

  3. jadestar January 28, 2011 at 6:19 am #

    Love the plaid fabric. I like capes, but not so sure about on myself. Have to be careful what you pair them with though. Looking forward to the post on plaid matching. Despite not taking part in the sewalong your advice has already come in handy on another project, so thank you :)

  4. CGCouture January 28, 2011 at 6:26 am #

    I don’t know….I like the idea of a cape, (some of them are cute) but since no one in my region wears one, I’d stand out a little more than I’m comfortable with. OK, probably a LOT more than I’m comfortable with. I love the plaid you chose though…wanna get some more and mail it to me? :-P

  5. Suzie January 28, 2011 at 6:37 am #

    Yeay – I LOVE capes! I bought a (mordern) pattern for one back in the summer and started whipping it up in a luscious thick red wool…only to decide that I HATE the lining I had picked for it (um, turquoise…I thought it was a good idea at the time – you know, a fun contrast)…it looks like a superman cape! So it’s sitting on hold til I find another lining. And I’m still nervous I’m going to look like Little Red Riding Hood regardless of what lining I use. Breaking my heart because I love capes and I love the red wool (and it was expensive!)!
    You spotted my rundown on cape inspiration last year:

  6. S√∏lvi January 28, 2011 at 6:54 am #

    Ah, the cape. It been back for a couple of years, and on a theoretical basis I would say Yay Рbut on a more practical level, I´d have to say Nay. I think there would be about 2 days per year (at most) that is cape appropriate where I live (if it isn´t winter it´s either windy or rainy or too hot Рor all of the above at the same day! :-)) But I love to see how yours turns out. The fabric is fantastic! Great choice! :-)

  7. Seersucker Sally January 28, 2011 at 7:18 am #

    Yey on capes! I haven’t made one yet, but I’d love to.

  8. Lisa Lassie Sullivan January 28, 2011 at 7:28 am #

    I love the fabric and your whole idea of how you will wear it. I am a romantic too and you may have just convinced me I need my own cape. I look forward to watching you make it.

  9. Donna January 28, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    I have been wanting to sew a cape for ages but haven’t found the right pattern yet! I (obviously) want it to be vintage but I also want a hood.
    I love it when you open vintage patterns and they’re already cut. It makes me wonder about the person who had it before me, what their lives were like, and what clothes they made.
    And as for the new tutorial idea – fabulous. I have no idea where to start with matching!

  10. Irene January 28, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    Making a cape was one of my goals for this winter but then I got distracted with pretty dresses *sigh*. However, this amazing cape from Burda 08/2008 will be made!

  11. elise January 28, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    Yay! I’m excited to see your cape! I realized a few months ago that I desperately wanted a cape (a la Miss Samantha Parkington: a la Miss Samantha Parkington ) or this one on Modcloth. I’ve been looking for just the right pattern, but so far to no avail!

  12. Susan - Knitters Delight January 28, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    I’m not sure I could pull off capes, but I think it is a great look for pear shaped gals. Can’t wait to see the plaid matching tutorial. I’ve been craving some plaid in my wardrobe lately.

  13. HipDroppedStitches January 28, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    I have always wanted a cape!!! I can’t wait to see how yours turns out… perhaps I’ll attempt one for next fall… (Oh, and I love the fabric you chose!)

  14. Peppertoast January 28, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    I made a cape from a used grey wool army blanket from Value Village with McCalls 5913 view C. I find that it is PERFECT for our Lower Mainland weather and I get complements every single time I wear it.

  15. Debi January 28, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    oh yes, oh yes, oh yes! Capes are fun! Mine is coming along….working on it this weekend! And I’m so glad you are sewing a TARTAN cape—you should come and wear it in Scotland :-)

  16. Nancy January 28, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    Tasia, this is going to look so good when it’s done! I love the teal and gray tartan.

  17. Ashley January 28, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    Oooooh, I love this! A cape was on my to-do list this year, but which my current project line-up it looks like it may have to wait. Can’t wait to see yours!

  18. petite josette January 28, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    I can’t wait to see how it turns out ! I picked up some really nice plaid fabric at Designer Fabric last month and i was considering a cape also. Thanks in advance for sharing all your tips on making it, I know it’ll be a big help !

  19. Jaime January 28, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    I love capes and I especially love your fabric. I’ve just been afraid to make this fashion statement myself. Love that you’re going to test it out for me. hahaha!

  20. Sewingdina January 28, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    I can’t wait to see your finished cape – the fabric is wonderful. I would like to make a cape at some point although this may be a long way off. I found this cute picture of a cape pattern that I like:

  21. Catherine January 28, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    I desperately need a tutorial for cutting and matching plaids – can’t wait!

  22. luckylantern January 28, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    I’m not usually a huge fan of plaid, but I’m loving that navy! I also like the idea of a cape, but I’ve never made or worn one. Can’t wait to see yours.

  23. Sherry January 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    Well, when you see a nice plaid in your favourite colour and on sale, how could you not buy!!
    I love capes and plan to make one for winter – can’t wait.
    Your’s is going too look awesome – I can just imagine you walking in the park as you described!

  24. Renay January 28, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    ohhh I can’t wait to see this one. I have a slight plaid fetish.
    I’m planning on a black and white plaid cape for my visit to Vancouver in December :-)

  25. Molly January 28, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    Thanks for the link, Tasia! I am excited to see how your cape turns out. You are a skillful seamstress, you could add welt pockets to the front like my cape. And to anyone who thinks it’s too bold of a fashion statement- I teach middle school, and I wore it on cafeteria duty with the snottiest 7th and 8th graders in the world and I didn’t even get one snicker! So be bold and make one!

  26. Cat January 28, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

    That cape will be amazing!!

    Did you see Adey’s Blue Garden Frock on the Sew Weekly today? She made her dress bodice with silver piping and I immediately thought of the Pendrell – how cute would it be with subtle piping? How great would that be for the sewtionary?

    I love your blog more and more each day!


  27. Rachel January 28, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    I am making one at the moment too! In a brown houndstooth fabric. Great minds think alike ;-) Can’t wait to see how yours comes together.

  28. Alli January 29, 2011 at 1:37 am #

    I love the colour of the tartan. It’s going to be gorgeous :)

  29. Emer January 29, 2011 at 3:48 am #

    I say yes to capes. I have plaid fabric and a pattern waiting to be cut. I will wait for your tutorial on matching plaids to start. Looking forward

  30. Funnygrrl January 29, 2011 at 5:03 am #

    Wow! Thank you for the shout-out, Tasia. Too bad I have found it necessary to take a short break.
    Hopefully everyone will enjoy reading about my sewing struggles and come back after my short hiatus.

  31. Charlotte / l'Atelier January 29, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    I say YES ! I am currently trying to finish my own cape. It was really easy even it was the first time I was sewing wool fabric. I chose black plain fabric, easier than plaid one :)
    I need to take some pictures soon to post it on my blog.
    Good luck with your cape !

  32. Vicki January 29, 2011 at 7:46 am #

    I think a cape is appropriate for the we(s)t coast ;) I visit my in-laws there often and find that my Montreal indispensable down filled coat is too much, but a jacket is too little.

    I have a cape pattern with matching wiggle dress that I haven’t tackled yet because it’s a bit too advanced for me. (I do have a sundress with a button-on capelet coming from Etsy….we’ll see how that looks in the spring! )

  33. Sox January 29, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    I’d wear a cape. In fact, I do. I bought a black wool knit cape at the local thrift store and it is amazingly warm. I haven’t work it outside yet, it is far too cold, but it is incredibly cozy when I am feeling too cheap to turn up the heat.
    I have also a long cape in the project pile. I have been working on it for about 15 years so it may be ready when I retire in another 20.
    I like the picture you painted of yourself going for a walk in your cape. And I am certain it is much warmer there. Enjoy!

  34. gina January 29, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    I love the cape. Girl, I am so glad you are doing a tutorial on the plaid thing because I need it! I got lots of plaids and I am not gonna touch them with my scissors until I see you do this tut. Thanks so much!

  35. Clare January 30, 2011 at 3:12 am #

    I love the elegance of capes, even with jeans. I made a belted cape several years ago from New Look 6517 in a black fabric with a short pile fur texture. It still gets worn on nights out but I’ve been meaning to make another one more suited to daywear. I love the tartan you’ve chosen and am looking forward to your tutorial!

  36. Heather January 30, 2011 at 8:42 am #

    I’m in the middle of making a cape-coat, which is the cutest coat with cape sleeves, vintage Vogue 7044. Here’s a link to all of my posts about it. But I have to say, I’ve stalled. Maybe it’s the weather? I dunno, I need to get back downstairs and keeping slaving away, I’m sure it’s going to be cute and unique once it’s done. Right? Right??

  37. Nikki January 30, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    I bought that exact same pattern for the cape! It’s on my list to do <3

  38. quietandsmalladventures January 30, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

    yes to capes! i brought my mother’s vintage wool cape back home after christmas vacation and i have a red one in my future (after the plaid coat). good luck and i can’t wait to see how yours turns out :)

  39. Casey January 31, 2011 at 4:28 am #

    Hooray for capes! I’ve been dying to make one myself, but alas, the weather is starting to warm up here and I haven’t the time. (Though that red cape ensemble I posted is still calling me me! Maybe next fall?) I cannot wait to see your cape though–the pattern is darling and will be so versatile!

    Oh, and I have to tell you: I got as far as cutting out the Pendrell pattern yesterday evening and making a few adjustments–hopefully I’ll have a spare moment this week to start making a blouse! :)

    ‚ô• Casey

  40. Lauren February 3, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    Yes, YES, YES!!!!!! on capes :)! I’ve never made one, but I have some wraps that look a lot like them. I need to make one to wear for some of the Civil War reenactment stuff I do, but haven’t gotten around to that yet. I wish guys would start wearing capes again, but they might look to Dracula-ish, lol!!!


  1. What I made this month: January « delfinelise - February 3, 2011

    […] asked a¬†question¬†the other day on people gave a Yay! or a Nay! to capes. I, trying to be practical gave it a theoretically Yay! and a practical Nay!, and then I went on […]

  2. What I made this month: January | delfinelise - April 30, 2013

    […] asked a question the other day on people gave a Yay! or a Nay! to capes. I, trying to be practical gave it a theoretically Yay! and a practical Nay!, and then I went on […]