Thursday Vintage - Black Cape

It's pretty much universally recognized that the cape is a timeless winter warm up. We've all heard of little red riding hood, right? This black beauty is a vintage cape that my great-aunt made years and years ago. The fabric is a synthetic fur and the clasp is a vintage pewter. Not only did she give me the cape, she also found the original pattern she used to make it and gave it to me as well.

The pattern is McCall 9911, copyright 1938. It's a fairly simple pattern with only three pattern pieces: yoke front, yoke back and a front/back. The gathered shoulder/sleeve is made from a rounded piece at the top of the front/back piece. The cape was made in the longest length. I think it would be really fun to have the short little one to wear out in the evenings.


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Vintage Sewing Patterns - Coats Part 2

You probably know by now that I love vintage sewing patterns. Here are a couple more of my favorite coat sewing patterns. Check out Part 1 of the post here. First up is Vogue 8222, circa 1954. Here's the description from the pattern: "Box coat in two lengths. Collarless built-up neck-line. Wide sleeves are kimono in front, raglan in back, and may be turned back to form deep cuffs. Patch pockets or slot pockets in side seams." Kimono in front and raglan in back? How cool is that? And the patch pockets on the short coat are adorable. They're probably not efficient for holding say your keys or cell phone but they look ideal for keeping hands warm. And how cute is the elfin hat on view A? Adorable.

Next is Butterick 7044 a "Man-Tailored Box Jacket" with patch pockets. I can't find a date printed on the envelope or instructions but appears to be from the 1950s. Description from pattern: "Perfect mate for slacks, skirts. The boxy, single-breasted jacket is styled like a man-tailored jacket. Convertible collar, patch pockets for both views. (A) Button-cuffed sleeves, yoked. (B) Straight sleeves, no yoke."

Which coat is your favorite? Which one do you think you'd wear all the time? My pick is Vogue 8222, view A.

Vintage Sewing Patterns - Coats Part 1

Today, I'm sharing a couple of vintage coat patterns. Above is Vogue 1566 circa 1956. The pattern is sized for teens and features a kimono sleeve coat in two lengths. I just love the illustration on this pattern. The hat on view B is adorable! And I wish I had the bag that View A is carrying.

The pattern description reads: "Straight coat in two lengths. Narrow tab buttoned either side of front opening below shaped collar. Long kimono sleeves may be worn pushed up. Pockets in side seams."

Like our first pattern Vogue 8945 is a kimono sleeve coat from 1956. However, this pattern is a little more mature and could even be styled for evening wear. The pattern description for Vogue 8945 reads: "Very slightly flared coat with shaped collar has pockets in side seams. Three quarter length or long kimono sleeves."

What do you think? Would you like to have a coat like one of these? Which is your favorite?