I have a thing for capes. I have always felt that the sort of lady who wears a cape has an immediate presence, the sort that you can't help, but notice (think Reva Shane, black cape, Guiding Light c. 1985).
I have been hunting for a capelet pattern for the past 6 months. I left Fabricland frustrated on three different occasions after discovering McCalls and Simplicity versions were either discontinued or out of stock. I let out a giddy yelp when I saw that Prudent Baby blogged about their capelet pattern. I made this one with licensed fabric (Angelina Ballerina) on one side and a solid violet on the other side (with a little ric-rac embellishment). I actually made the capelet slightly larger than the original pattern (11.5 " radius for the main semi-circle and 3" radius for the inner semi-circle).
This pattern would also be appropriate for heavier fabrics, like corduroy or light wool. I plan on making a wool version for the girls and maybe myself as soon I figure out the proper scale.
I mentioned earlier this week about my goal to create a few interesting outfits for the girls' dolls. From the leftover scrap, I stitched up a miniature capelet for their Jane Banks doll (Mary Poppins series).
Perfect for flying a kite.
Update: Sew Mama Sew has named the Prudent Baby Capelet pattern as one of the top girls clothing tutorials. You can read the full round up here.
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