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Animal Print Cape

Added Oct 15, 2012

by heatherlou

Montreal, Canada






I’ve been craving some animal print outerwear for years now and finally decided It Was Time. I used the cape pattern Vogue 8776, primarily because I loved the funnel collar and the fact that the placement of the arm openings would allow me to have my purse over my shoulder (the biggest downfall to most capes).

I wanted to delve into some couture dressmaking techniques, so I added welt pockets to all of the openings, and bound all of the buttonholes using a black cotton sateen. The pattern did not call for a lining but I wanted a flash of colour on the inside so I lined it with a winterweight satin lining. It is by far my most treasured homemade garment!

I wrote a longer post about my techniques here, and a tutorial on placing welt pockets on the seam of a garment here.

Material Notes

faux animal print upholstery fabric with short pile
heavy satin lining
plastic buttons
black cotton sateen trim at buttonholes & welt pockets



Related Techniques


Winter, Fall
Garment Type
Bohemian, Romantic, Vintage
Coating, Cotton

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    Nov 9, 2012, 02.58 AMby ejtito

    Well done and the lining is a nice touch!

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    Nov 2, 2012, 12.33 AMby infinite-plus-one

    i really do like this, i’m in love with it!

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    Oct 23, 2012, 09.33 PMby Vanessa Leigh

    This is fabullous. Shopping the pattern now!

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    Oct 23, 2012, 03.55 PMby mary-moff

    I WANT THIS PATTERN! Can you upload??

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    Oct 20, 2012, 01.55 PMby oinochoe

    Absolutly geogeous! I Love this collar and the elaborating Extras were defenitly worth doing. Thanks for showing us.

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    Oct 16, 2012, 10.58 PMby Denise Angela

    Love the lining too…so gorgeous with your details!

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    Oct 16, 2012, 03.11 AMby godesscpsmom

    Absolutely beautiful! Well thought out modifications that paid off. WoW!!!! I wanna make one…now!

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    Oct 15, 2012, 10.48 PMby Dawnqirl

    This is amazing, it looks really expensive. Well done, the pop of colour in the lining is beautiful.

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    Oct 15, 2012, 04.56 PMby Mary Athey

    This is just gorgeous. the linings.gorgeous as well x

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