Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fashion Trend: Capes, Capelets, and Cloaks

Few fashions are more romantic and dramatic as are capes or cloaks. Happily, the whims of Fashion has given us the opportunity to express the more mercurial side of our personalities. Capes and cloaks are so very elegant, and are very much reminiscent of the stoles and furs of the 1940s and 1950s. Capes were also very much in vogue during the mod 1960s as well.

I am in love with this exquisite Kenzo capelet, as seen on the runways:

The embroidery is amazingly beautiful. I wish I could see it in person. Or better yet, own it! (And the handbag too!). More contemporary designer capes and cloaks can be found at Apparently, celebrities are wearing them now.

Why not make your own? Here are two patterns to help you fashion your own vintage cape or capelet:

I am thinking about making a wrap cape myself sometime this fall or winter.


  1. I wish I was good with making stuff.. I would love one of those!

  2. I saw on your blog profile that you're at FIDM -- have a student colleague make one for you! :-)

  3. Hi! I see you are a pattern hound, I love it! Followed you over from MCC! Nice blog!

  4. Love the vintage designs! Since I got a 'D' in sewing and a 'A' in cooking, i will not be making a cape. I am a needlepointer - I make custom pillows of people's I will look for vintage, as my funds are low for this splurge. Thanks for the advice. Fun blog!


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