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Cherry Warm Cape

Added Sep 6, 2010

by nessys

Adelaide, Australia






This is Vintage Vogue 2934 (1950).

I really wanted to have pockets on it somewhere – and even downloaded Burda’s Lindsey #6055 to pinch the bound pockets off that (I wasn’t too confident re placement etc) and was glad I did because after fluffing around for a few hours with the pattern pieces etc I realised because Vogue’s cape was so cropped – the pockets wouldn’t work. Then I was checking out “Designer Techniques” by Kenneth D Kingand and in it he suggests doing this cool hidden-lining pocket . . . .but after much research and seeking out advice – I decided that pockets would ruin the drape of the cape. So after all that – it didn’t take long to put together! A lot of hand sewing – but I like to do that why watching tv.

I really struggled to find a button that I liked and that matched the colour of the fabric. I ended up buying a red button and painting it with some nail polish that matched that I already owned! Worked a TREAT!! Really happy with how this worked out. It is so warm and cheery!

Interesting side point – while I was fiddling around with pattern pieces trying to work out the pocket drama – I had an old episode of Seinfeld playing in the back ground – it was the one where George’s Dad meets some mysterious, cape-wearing stranger in New York City (!) – and Jerry and Elaine keep on asking “What kind of person wears a cape????” LOL!!!!

I guess that kind of person would be me. Oh, and George’s Dad’s Lawyer . . . .

Material Notes

Wool, usual lining fabric (donated by The Fabulous Cindy R), L’oreal Jet Set Nail Polish!



Related Techniques


Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Vintage
Blends, Wool


Vintage Vogue
The Fabulous Cindy R

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    Jul 9, 2011, 11.31 AMby threadsquare

    This is so gorgeous, and you look stunning! Did you make the skirt, also? Love the nail polish ingenuity, and of course that Seinfeld episode. Classic!

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      Jul 30, 2011, 12.52 AMby nessys

      Thanks Honey! No I WISH I had made the skirt (rtw) it fits me so well and cut is gorgeous (even better now I’ve lost a few kilos since this pic!). You’re a Doll xxxx

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    Jan 3, 2011, 10.21 PMby Elena Perletti

    simply perfect…

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      Jan 4, 2011, 01.34 AMby nessys

      Thanks Honey! x

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    Sep 16, 2010, 06.03 AMby littlewren

    OOO!!! just found this now! so adorable! I love the color! I LOVE the draping and the cuff and and and… It’s really fabulous! Your inventiveness is great! Ingenious to use nail polish!!! I just fixed up a zipper with a cheap bottle of blue sparkly nail gook! I love the matching lipstick too! Looks great on… now I’m dreaming up woolen capes! mmm! very inspirational!

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      Jan 4, 2011, 01.34 AMby nessys

      Ohhhh My Sweet Littlewren – thank you! Isn’t amazing what you can do with things that you already have sitting around the house??? Sorry – I didn’t get a notification that you had made your lovely comment – so just replying now – hope you are well! xxx

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    Sep 14, 2010, 08.23 AMby hamble

    Strawberry shortcake would have said ‘berry nice!’ to your cherry warm cape :) What a fab colour! My friend’s Grandma gave me some mustard coloured wool fabric I want to do justice to, you are giving me ideas!

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      Jan 4, 2011, 01.32 AMby nessys

      Hello! Thank you for your kind words! I look forward to see your resulting efforts! Sorry – it has taken so long to respond – I hadn’t realised you had made a comment x

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    Sep 11, 2010, 12.18 AMby elisana

    oh Nessy! it’s perfect! love everything about it! what’s a girl to do without red nail polish????

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      Sep 11, 2010, 02.20 AMby nessys

      Thanks Sweets! I am a sucker for a good red lippie as well! xxxxx

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    Sep 7, 2010, 05.01 AMby pixelink

    RED-HOT-NESS!! Definitely your colour, you do fifties glam so well XX

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      Sep 7, 2010, 06.42 AMby nessys

      You are so sweet Darl! Thanks a bunch! xxx

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    Sep 6, 2010, 10.42 PMby Passiona Cottee

    Stunning. And a picture perfect shoot. You look absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations!

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      Sep 7, 2010, 06.42 AMby nessys

      Thanks Honey – you make me blush!! I’ll pass on your comments to the photographer – who is responsible for the fab pics! xxxx

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    Sep 6, 2010, 07.43 PMby carolinam

    i love this cape. It is in my favorite color and the fabric is beautiful. @scheryka: good name, present day vintage chic, why did nobody came up with that name before???

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      Sep 7, 2010, 06.40 AMby nessys

      You are very sweet – thank you! I love this colour too and my bff says it’s the colour for me. xxxx

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      Sep 7, 2010, 07.45 AMby carolinam

      its funny, i have blue eyes and brown hair too, and everyone agrees red looks good on me, so maybe it is because of the hair and eye color.

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    Sep 6, 2010, 06.40 PMby abbyzeeble

    WOOOO gorgeous! Well done. I love what you’ve done with the button – very clever. Enjoy wearing it x

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      Sep 7, 2010, 06.39 AMby nessys

      Thanks Honey! I am happy how the button worked out too! xx

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    Sep 6, 2010, 05.20 PMby frkbustad

    This piece is very elegant! A coat wouldn’t be my preferred piece of garment, but this makes me think differently… Gorgeous fabric!

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      Sep 7, 2010, 06.38 AMby nessys

      Thank you! If you were living here at the mo, trust me, you would be thinking coats!!

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    Sep 6, 2010, 01.38 PMby Ricardo Abreu

    Red and grey, My mum favorites colors to put together on at outfit. This is really charming.

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      Sep 7, 2010, 06.32 AMby nessys

      Thank you very much! I like red and grey together too – it isn’t quite as stark as red and black. Your Mum knows what she is doing!

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    Sep 6, 2010, 11.51 AMby miss-g

    Such a gorgeous cape and I love the cherry red fabric. I think I will have to put this pattern on my very long “To Make” list. How clever to paint the button with nail polish.

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      Sep 7, 2010, 06.31 AMby nessys

      Thank you very much! You know what they say – necessity is the mother of invention! I am really happy how the button worked out (oh, and the cape too!).

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    Sep 6, 2010, 10.46 AMby sewella

    I absolutely love it and you look fabulous in it! The colour you chose is fantastic! The picture reminds me of the actresses in the ’40s and the ’50s! I would also be that person – I am crazy about capes!! You have a soul mate!

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      Sep 7, 2010, 06.29 AMby nessys

      Darling – your comment is, as always so lovely! I am really blushing over all these fab comments! I would be honored to consider you a soul mate! Thank you very much xxxxx

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    Sep 6, 2010, 10.22 AMby madscouser

    Wow, the cape looks brilliant and you look stunning in it :-)

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      Sep 7, 2010, 06.27 AMby nessys

      You are very sweet – thank you! x

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    Sep 6, 2010, 10.16 AMby ichigogirl

    Very pretty, the colour is perfect on you! Makes me really want a cape of my own (but I’m more charcoal than red). I like the cuffed sleeves, they make it so much more interesting!

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      Sep 7, 2010, 06.27 AMby nessys

      Thanks! I was going to make a grey one and then saw this red fabric. Go for it Darl!

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    Sep 6, 2010, 08.41 AMby kristykat

    Just gorgeous!!!! You look fabulous- colour, style, everything works! Ooh how I want a red cape now… I may well need to copy you!

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      Sep 7, 2010, 06.26 AMby nessys

      Thanks Darl – you’re too sweet! Feel free to whip yourself up one for a winter in Italy!

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    Sep 6, 2010, 07.20 AMby nehmah

    What a fine cape. A word of caution: You should either remove the button before having the cape cleaned OR let the dry cleaners know that you have nail polish on same. It very well might come off during cleaning and ruin the fabric. Nehmah

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      Sep 7, 2010, 06.25 AMby nessys

      Thanks again Nehmah! Your tip is greatly appreciated.

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    Sep 6, 2010, 06.33 AMby scheryka

    Outstanding. You are so talented with your many vintage looks and you pull this look off effortlessly. Now this is what I call present day vintage chic. Is that a style? Well it is now.

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      Sep 6, 2010, 08.00 AMby nessys

      Thanks Darl! I like your idea of “present day vintage chic”! You are very clever to think of it and very kind! xxxx :)

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    Sep 6, 2010, 06.25 AMby Nessa *

    Beautiful! You look like a slightly naughty Red Riding Hood! Capes are great mid-season pieces.

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      Sep 6, 2010, 07.59 AMby nessys

      Thanks Nessa – I really love your description of me being “slightly naughty”! Made my day! xxx

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    Sep 6, 2010, 04.41 AMby olystyrene

    Love it! That colour is GOOORGEOUS on you! Looks as if you’ve been transported back in time…

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      Sep 6, 2010, 07.59 AMby nessys

      Thanks Honey!! My girlfriend who took the pics said “that red is the BEST” on me – so I am glad now I didn’t get the grey like I was going to! xx

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      Sep 7, 2010, 05.33 AMby olystyrene

      Gah! Grey shmey! The red is much more fun! Although it does goes VERY well with grey… xox

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    Sep 6, 2010, 04.13 AMby irmchen

    You look great, wearing this cape. Good job and reading your description I suppose it was fun to make it. ;) I like this style which seemed to me a bit like the late 40th style. I am currently preparing such a skirt like yours.

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      Sep 6, 2010, 07.57 AMby nessys

      Thanks for your lovely comment Darl! I actually bought the skirt “off the rack” – so I will be looking forward to see yours! I am sure it will be better! xx

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    Sep 6, 2010, 03.54 AMby sewingqueen-1

    ooh – this is really lovely!

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      Sep 6, 2010, 07.57 AMby nessys

      Thank you! xx

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