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Belt on a cape
Can this be done in a practical way?
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Date: 11/22/11 6:53 PM

Creative and thoughtful PR folk, hearken unto me.....

I've been looking at capes and capelets a lot lately, trying to decide whether to use my lovely wool in one of them instead of in a coat pattern. So the cloak in this picture caught my eye the other day. (Actually it caught my eye in this video: Merlin clip where its full adorableness is clearer but you have to skip to the 1 minute mark to see it.)

It's a cape belted through what are usually the arm slits with the remainder of the belt under the cloak. The cape in the picture seems to be a pullover. Do you think this sort of partial belting could be done with a front-opening cape? A cape such as this for instance?

Thanks for any advice, gentle sewing friends.

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Date: 11/22/11 6:56 PM

OOP McCall's 5764 is a cape with a belt. Essentially, there are 4 large "buttonholes" that the belt goes into on the back and out of on the front.

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Date: 11/22/11 7:50 PM

I like the look of that one from the front, but the belt cinches the cape in the back as well (to judge by the line art).

The "Guinevere" cape is cinched only in the front; the back is loose and cape-like (with the belt underneath, I think).

I think what would be difficult, with the latter, is not so much belting as unbelting and having the belt stay with the cape.

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"People....so much bigger on the inside." Doctor Who, "The Doctor's Wife," 6.04, by Neil Gaiman.

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Date: 11/22/11 7:55 PM

I like that McCall's cape. And the idea of a belted cape is just plain genius.

I don't need another piece of wool melton...but hmmm, I wonder if there's any going on sale for Black Friday...

And yes, I think that New Look cape might work, but I'd be inclined to use more of a circle cape pattern rather than one with shaped shoulder seams. When you belt the cape, I would think it would reduce the wearing ease of a more close fitting cape too much.

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Date: 11/22/11 8:00 PM

Quote: Sauvage

I think what would be difficult, with the latter, is not so much belting as unbelting and having the belt stay with the cape.

Good point. Are you thinking of a leather belt like in the pics? That might be hard to keep with the cape unless you attach it with something cool like a lightweight chain or something similar.

Basically, I would stitch belt loop like things on the inside of the cape to keep the belt with the cape, but I think it would still be tricky to keep the two together.

One of the advantages of wearing a costume for film...there's a wardrobe girl for that

And I think you could easily do it with a front opening cape. I personally hate pullovers, my hair being terribly susceptible to static Might need some edge to edge fasteners, though.

And, of course, if it's only belted in the front, the wearing ease comment no longer applies


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Date: 11/22/11 8:39 PM

Any reason you couldn't permanently attach the belt to the cape? I have a drapey knit top with a faux belt that looks kind of similar to that--the belt is only in the front, attached at the side seams and sewn down mostly across the front (although you can unbuckle/adjust it). If you did something like that, you could arrange the nice soft folds in the front so they were permanently in place, and you didn't have to fuss with them all the time.

I wish I could find a picture of what I'm talking about; if you'd like me to, I can slip the top onto my dress form and take a couple photos for you.

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Date: 11/22/11 9:39 PM

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Any reason you couldn't permanently attach the belt to the cape?


Yes, I probably will do that in the front. Do you mean then buckle in the back? Or just have the front "belt" with the fabric gathered?

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One of the advantages of wearing a costume for film...there's a wardrobe girl for that


Hehe, yes, TrinityT--one reason not to make it a pullover; I don't have staff to help me get it off and on.

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"People....so much bigger on the inside." Doctor Who, "The Doctor's Wife," 6.04, by Neil Gaiman.

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Date: 11/23/11 12:07 PM

New Look 6007 has a belt. There's a review here on PR - it looks really cute!

I have the pattern, but haven't had time to make it yet...

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Date: 11/23/11 12:09 PM

I have done this with large button holes. I stitched down the belt at center back.

It was a knock off of a RTW cape.

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