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Black Ruffled Cape

Added Oct 18, 2010

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






The inspiration behind this cape lies in the elegantly sculpted lines of designers like Giambattista Valli’s— his gorgeous collections are at once ethereal and soft, but also structured and defined.
From our Lindsey Cape pattern, which was fun to update, we slashed & spread the collar to create gathers and volume, and inserted stays so it stands up on it’s own. The original welt pockets were eliminated and now there are single welt pockets. Alas, a long, gathered ruffle was added to the lengthened hemline for drama! A girl needs to make an entrance…

Material Notes

This cape translates beautifully in lightweight wools, silk de Chine, taffeta, or velvet.

This cape: 3 yards black silk de Chine, 2 1/2 yards lining. 10 buttons, 5 collar stays.



Related Techniques


Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bohemian, Evening Wear, Rock, Romantic, Victorian, Vintage
Silk, Taffeta, Velvet, Wool

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    Jan 14, 2014, 11.34 PMby Joanne83

    I’m looking at this pattern and I love it! However, when I click down load all instructions PDF file there isn’t a correct sized pattern. I am new to this website and would like to know how to obtain the actual pattern. Thanks!!! :)

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    Oct 26, 2010, 07.17 PMby pamelajmihalovits

    I am new to this site and I am not sure how it works. You altered this Lindsey pattern correct? When I buy the down load I still need to alter it? I think I can do that just fine….but I do have a question. Where is it that you put the boning? Is it evenly space along the bottom of the underlining all the way aound?



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    Oct 24, 2010, 04.19 PMby doyo

    Hello good day Please, I want to download this pattern to make this beautiful cape congratulations and thank you very much

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    Oct 21, 2010, 02.47 AMby patchitup

    This is really awesome-love all your detail.

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    Oct 20, 2010, 02.03 PMby loquepuedeunsastre

    Wow! I LOVE this! Unfortunately, when I click on the “Get All Instructions” link it says the file has been damaged and doesn’t open. Has anyone else been having this problem?

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      Oct 20, 2010, 06.11 PMby alisondahl

      I just clicked on “Get All Instructions” in Firefox and the download opened up in Acrobat, everything was there and looks correct. I will ask our web people to look into it though now— sorry about that!

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      Oct 22, 2010, 04.08 AMby loquepuedeunsastre

      The problem was on my end, compliments of my historic computer. I just tried opening the PDF on another computer and it opened right up. Thanks for the quick reply!

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    Oct 20, 2010, 08.29 AMby oshy31

    great job go on

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    Oct 20, 2010, 04.01 AMby Sydney Brown

    love this so classy and creative

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    Oct 19, 2010, 11.17 PMby sailorneptune

    is there anyway to add a hood on it

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      Oct 20, 2010, 09.08 AMby tine94

      Sew one to the inside of the colar? But so you could also tuck it in. ?

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      Oct 20, 2010, 04.20 PMby bunnyko

      you could make a detachable hood and hide buttons under the collar to attach it with.

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      Oct 20, 2010, 06.14 PMby alisondahl

      Good idea, a hood would be very pretty. Here’s a free hoodie pattern— you could use the hood part of it, and attach it to the collar stand on the inside of the cape, like tine94 recommended?

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    Oct 19, 2010, 05.59 PMby gfoster

    Love it, love it. The glamour of it.

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    Oct 19, 2010, 03.34 PMby prairieponygirl

    AAAHHHH! crazy perfect! Love it!

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    Oct 18, 2010, 09.44 PMby wzrdreams

    Two questions: 1) Why do I see 2 single welt pockets? Where is the flap pocket? Did you mean that the double welts were changed to single welts? 2) What fabric was used for this variation?

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      Oct 19, 2010, 01.49 PMby burdastyle

      Hi wzrddreams— we stand corrected: This cape has single “welt” pockets, not “flap”. The fabric is black silk de chine.

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      Oct 19, 2010, 03.18 PMby wzrdreams

      Thank you!
      BTW, I love the ruffle modification to this pattern.
      I’ve had my eye on some lovely black fulled cashmere that would look great as this cape. I just have to finish 2 jackets before I can think about starting a 3rd!

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    Oct 18, 2010, 08.57 PMby carottesauvage

    Cool!Subdued and discreet gothic elegance. Perfect for pretending to celebrate Halloween! In the same league as Ceregana’s Dracula cape, if only she would re-post her pattern …

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