Vintage Inspired Cape
This cloth is vintage, from the 60’s (I think) and has me leaping for joy whenever I look at it. The bold colours of royal purple mixed with the lime green, brought to life with the lavender and navy really sing to me. I acquired it about 10 years ago and it has sat patiently waiting to become the perfect garment.
The striking pattern and the limited length meant finding the right garment to make from it took some thought. I found inspiration, as so many do now, from Pinterest. Then from some pattern drafting books. I finally settled on this draft but wanted to merge the style with current ideas and taking into account the pattern and a flattering shape.
The opening slits for the arms was not so appealing to me and besides shortening the overall length I decided after drafting the pattern to open the sleeves up from the body and make a cap sleeve over a body. Something like this without all the extra fullness:
Then it really felt too boxy…
…what it needs is a belt.
Still not quite satisfied with the design, I was working out how I wanted to hold up the belt; what kind of belt loop that I would like and it struck me! Use the back sleeve seam to hold the belt and secure it down to the hem! No more odd tunnel shape and it stops the sleeve caps flapping around so much! Brilliant!
Here is the final cape modelled by my mannequin.
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