I’m teaching a course on making the 1930s capelet that Elise gave me at Made Marion starting this Friday (are you signed up?), so of course I’ve been making prototypes of the capelet to make sure that I’ve got every possible bug figured out in different kinds of fabric.
And oh my gosh, and I so excited. I love this capelet.
And it’s so versatile! I wear it loose and stole-y, or tied in a bow in front.
In can also be wrapped around the neck and hooked, forming a very elegant scarf – perfect over a coat in winter, or for dressing up the ubiquitous (and, lets face it – just a little boring) merino tops of NZ winter wear.
The elegant part:
The gathered cape back. It just looks so beautiful on, and so beautiful in movement and lifts the cape from a simple drape into a clever, cunning, sophisticated garment. I love it!
The cape does other stuff too. It hooks in back so that you can wear it as a front wrap (when I make it in jersey I’m going to make it tie-able)
So yeah, basically it’s just awesome.
And if you are in Wellington you can learn to make it right away, and if you aren’t in Wellington I’m working on getting a pattern up and available!
All of these photos were taken by the fabulous Mrs C at Made on Marion, where I’m teaching the class (and also beginning sewing and the tap pants class – aren’t the tap pants adorable?) and so much other fun stuff. The cape is on display there at the moment, so I can’t wear it every single minute of the day right now. Boo.
But I do have the other prototypes to wear and cuddle up in! I’ll show you those soon. And a few more detail and construction pictures of this capelet (so you can drool over the gold velvet as much as every other person has).
Just the facts, Ma’am:
Fabric: 2m of silk-rayon velvet in golden yellow for the outer, 1.5 m of silk twill for the lining (wider width = less fabric).
Pattern: Self-drafted based on the late 1930s cape-stole
Year: Late 1930s
Hours: 6. Silk velvet takes a lot of basting!
Will you make this again? Yes! This cape only gets better – it can be worn in so many ways, goes from formal evening to super casual (I’m going to make it up in jersey!) and I love it.
Any changes? Nope. It’s just perfect. Though I am working on alternative versions.
Total cost: Somewhere around NZ$45 (US$35ish). The silk velvet was very pricey, so was the silk twill lining.
And the inside?: Well, it’s completely bag lined and technically reversible – so you can’t get any more perfect!