Monday, December 6, 2010

Progress on the 1935 cape (McCall 8501)

I'm making good progress on my 1935 cape pattern and I'm getting really excited about it.  Here it is with part of the shell completed AND the lining and interlining which is almost finished (still have to hem the bottom):

Here's a side view:

This was my first time lining anything!  I had my doubts along the way but it turned out really well:

I also interlined the cape following Gertie's excellent tutorial.  Unfortunately, I couldn't find any lambswool for the interlining, so I used cotton batting instead.  I was a little unsure about this but it was really easy to sew with and hasn't affected the drape at all!

There's still a few steps left:
  • Sew the jacket to the cape front,
  • Face and attach the collar,
  • Sew on the pockets,
  • Make buttonholes and sew on the buttons,
  • Make a matching belt, and
  • Finish hemming the lining!
I've gotten some really great buttons to go with it but have encountered difficulties in finding a matching I've decided to make my own.  Here's another look at the pattern cover to get an idea of how it will hopefully look when finished:

In other news, it's still snowing here!!  Here's my favorite recent snow picture:


  1. Beautiful cape, not the thing for sunny Sydney but perfect for Scotland.

  2. Your cape looks absolutely wonderful. By the looks of the snowy landscape, the weather will cooperate and you'll be able to show off your creation soon.


  3. What an interesting looking pattern, and it looks like you are making a beautiful job of it! Can't wait to see it on you, hopefully in the snow!

  4. Ooh, looking good, Debi! It also looks quite complicated - some expert sewing that you're doing here...

  5. No doubt you will be the smartest girl this winter in Scotland, that cape looks great. In the Spanish TV came out yesterday a report on the snow in Edinburgh, something of an avalanche that fell from a roof of a large building the center of the city ....

  6. Debi, the cape looks incredible!!

  7. Looking forward to seeing the finished cape. I love the snow picture. Is this a view from a window? If so what a lovely picture to look out on.

  8. I'm loving how it's looking so far--you've done a wonderful job! I say go for making a belt yourself to match the cape--it'll look really snazzy. ;)

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  9. Oooooh! That's amazing. And that pattern! *swoon*

  10. I'm with Wearing History, that pattern is definitely swoon worthy! You're doing a fabulous job on your cape. I can't wait to see it made up. I think a matching belt is in order and I'm envious of your lovely snow.

  11. oh-la-la! i love capes- this is coming out fabulous! :)

  12. Thanks so much Debi for dropping by my blog! The cape is looking great, well done. I've been looking at your blog for research lately so I'm thrilled you enjoyed my blog too! You've probably already seen this but this site has fab vintage patterns you can download and make for yourself. Already seen a few I'd like to try!:

  13. It is looking good, and I bet it will look even better with your vintage outfits and styling.

  14. Hi Debi, your cape is looking great! You could also use brushed cotton,(wincyette) as an interlining. It's lovely and warm, just remember to pre-shrink it first. There's also a funny side to it too in that most wincyette is used for children's pjs so you could end up with a sleepy teddybeat print - at least no one sees it!!

  15. Oh, it looks fab, I love it! Good luck with your belt, I can't wait to see it all finished.


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