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PatternReview on Facebook: Capes and Capelets By DianeSev on 1/18/13 12:03 PM

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This question was prompted by the new Oliver + S cape patterns.

We asked:

What do you think of capes and capelets? Would you or do you wear one? How about for kids? Fabric suggestions?

You said:

“Love them. Wool or Gabardine...”

“Enjoying mine!” 

Go to Cape for Women

“Jenny Lyon reviewed a 3 hour cape pattern on her Quilt Skipper blog. Hilarious! Finished product very nice.”

“Kids should have capes for whenever they want to feel like superheroes. This goes for girls, a well as boys. Any inexpensive, flowy, brightly colored fabric will do, but be sure the cape closes with velcro or some other fastener that releases easily, so the wearer can't choke if the cape gets caught on something.”

“Love them! I've made one for a cousin in Hong Kong, and another for my little niece from the Oliver and S book.”

“I wear a cape. I made it for the PR meet-up in Chicago a couple of years ago. It's from a Simplicity pattern. I always get positive comments on it, and second looks.”

“I have a couple capes and made a few as well. I like them well enough I guess, but I find I like something with arms better.”

“Totally impractical.”

“I have a vintage cape pattern.... It's lush. There is a new jacket I've seen and it's got the capelet, I love it! It's on the to-make list!”

“Luv them - well shaped and appointed they can make a statement”

“I have a couple piece of wool that I would LOVE to make up in a classic cape. Problem is, I live in Texas and it just doesn't get that cold here, or for very long.”

“II love a cape, but it makes it impossible to carry a purse on my shoulder!”

“I have made a cape to go over a jacket while in the car travelling between jobs then I leave it in the car. I have also made one for my pregnant sister in law who couldn't find a coat that fit.”

“I've never considered one as a practical part of my personal wardrobe since I live in a warm climate, but I can appreciate a sophisticated mid-length cape on the glossy pages of magazine.”

“I love them and have two capes, one capelet and a trenchcape (trenchcoat with cape top instead of arms) which is one of my fave garments.  (Carry the bag under the cape if you can.)”

“Stomped around in capes (with boots!) as a teen, and now my teen does the same. We're in favor of them in wool, with silk linings, and historical lines.”

“As a vintage lover, capelets are definitely the way to go. I sew from vintage patterns mostly and modern day jackets and such just don't do these amazing dresses justice.”

“Made one a couple of years ago, love it.”

“I have a few - I wear the capelets at work when it's chilly (either due to lack of heat or aggressive a/c.  And they're perfect over a light sweater in fall or spring.”

Don't have to be Superman

“Love the one Renee Samuels [aka MissCelie] made, on the Mood Sewing Network today.” [Check out MissCelie's review of the Vogue 8776 Misses' Cape.]

Miss Celie Vogue 8776 Cape

“After reading that I definitely want to make a cape for the coming winter. Mind you, it seems a little crazy talking about woolen garments while the country bakes in 40 degree heat.”

“I have 2 'old' long, wool capes that I wore out in 30 years. Finally made another. Nothing beats wearing it over a coat or jacket for extra warmth getting into a cold New England car. Great for shopping and for hot flashes.”

“I wear them, I have an Irish wool, knee length, great with pants/ I think it’s all in the material/length and your body type. I am tall so I have been told I can carry it.”

“Back in ancient times (right after I graduated high school), I made myself a cape (knee-length-ish) of red wool, and the lining was dalmatian-print faux fur. I thought I was HOT... Not sure I'd wear one now, though (too much up front). I think I'd look like a tank...”

“I made a beautiful royal blue wool capelet with a faux fur collar a year or two ago and I still love it. I find I don't really need a full-fledged winter coat anymore for most dressy occasions so the cape is just enough and it doesn't make me feel like a stuffed teddy bear!”

“I love all of mine. Capes, capelets, ruanas and ponchos from heavy double-sided loden to hand crochet. Love them over skinny jeans or wide leg trousers. My best that I made is a blue and white plaid BurdaStyle pattern with Kasha flannel back satin lining.”

“I love capes because I feel bulked in a coat that has sleeves.”

“I have two.”

“I love 'em! I have two and the fabric to make two more. I wear mine mostly over ankle length dresses. I love all that fabric going swish, swish. And for kids? My daughter loves hers.” 

Girl's Cape

“Check out the new pattern by Oliver + S - adult size!”

Oliver + S LC002WS Woodland Stroll Cape Downloadable Pattern


How do you feel about capes or capelets?  Do you own one?  Tell us about it below.

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Jennifer shaw said... (1/27/13 8:24 PM) Reply
I love capes. I made one to wear years ago while visiting NYC in the winter. It was perfect and kept me so warm and toasty.
sings2high said... (1/26/13 5:22 PM) Reply
I love my calf-length cape. I have an old neck injury that is not expected to ever get any better and it prevents me from wearing clothing that has a collar or anything structured around the neck. Other than mock-turtleneck knits, any shirt or jacket or coat has to be drafted for me alone. Many years ago I gave away all my coats. One day, I found two identical Alpaca and wool throws on the clearance table at JCPenneys. I seamed them together down the back, draped the shoulders and neck to fit me exactly and formed a shawl collar with the fringed part. I wear it with layers. No lining, no pockets, just wool. It gets cold in New Jersey, and I've even worn it on a cool rainy evening in early summer. It's very versatile, that's the beauty of capes.

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