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50s Inspired Sabrina Cape Dress

Added Aug 11, 2010

by embaby

Singapore, Singa...




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This outfit was inspired by a blog posted by the Selfish Seamstress.

I loved the idea of a cape dress whereby the cape is attached using the buttons on the dress. As I already have a cape pattern, I didn’t want to buy another. Instead, I used a dress pattern from burdastyle and a vintage cape pattern, made modifications for both to recreate the look.

Material Notes

Ikea cotton fabric, buttons, poly lining




Summer, Fall
Garment Type


Selfish Seamstress Blog

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    Jan 30, 2011, 03.27 PMby anniekmcn

    THis is an absolutely fabulous dress! I am download ing the dress pattern right now because you’ve inspired me – such a classic and very flattering style! Amazing work!

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    Aug 24, 2010, 09.58 PMby fabricitis

    Great outfit! I would like to try and make one.

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    Aug 24, 2010, 06.51 PMby silvermink

    I realy love the look! What an outfit!

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    Aug 11, 2010, 06.48 PMby fairyprincess


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      Aug 12, 2010, 12.22 AMby embaby

      Thank you fairyprincess!

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    Aug 11, 2010, 01.51 PMby puffling

    Very chic styling. I think the choice of fabric, the length, cape(let) etc. makes it look very crisp and lady-like, but in a sexy-librarian kind of way ;)

    I think I may try to copy it if I can find the same fabric. Hope you will take it as “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” rather than “Hey, that woman stole my idea!”

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      Aug 12, 2010, 12.21 AMby embaby

      Thank you Puffling! Hahaha…no problem, I’m more than happy to see more versions of it. I didn’t come up with the idea though, it was an idea from a vintage sewing pattern…genius isn’t it?

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    Aug 11, 2010, 12.25 PMby strawberrypancakesbykim

    Adorable! I love it so much.

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      Aug 12, 2010, 12.20 AMby embaby

      Thank you stawberrypancakesbykim! such a cute name you chose :) i heart pancakes!

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    Aug 11, 2010, 12.11 PMby nookie

    absolutely love it

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      Aug 12, 2010, 12.19 AMby embaby

      Thank you Nookie!

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    Aug 11, 2010, 10.12 AMby in-stockholm


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      Aug 11, 2010, 11.24 AMby embaby

      Thank you :)

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    Aug 11, 2010, 07.11 AMby lclausewitz

    The way those pleats open is JUST RIGHT. The cape is a nice addition too, in a pretty-but-understated way.

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      Aug 11, 2010, 11.23 AMby embaby

      Thank you! This is my first experience with box pleats and I enjoyed the learning experience.

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    Aug 11, 2010, 03.27 AMby nessys

    You’ve done a lovely job of this. I too like the idea of the cape being attached using the buttons of the dress. Just beautiful Honey, perfect plaid matching too – which is always a winner!

    I think you’ve way underestimated yourself – that plaid matching is in no way “novice”!!!

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      Aug 11, 2010, 11.22 AMby embaby

      Thank you! You made my day :) I did spend quite a while to match the plaid. Am glad with the results :)

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    Aug 11, 2010, 03.22 AMby angelical

    simply stunning! and even the cape plaids matches the ones on the dress!

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      Aug 11, 2010, 11.21 AMby embaby

      Thank you!

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