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How to keep a cape on your shoulders

Added Apr 19, 2014

by maggieg5

Bristol, United ...






I love spots and came across this fabric while looking on-line. I decided to make a dress and short cape for a friends birthday party we had coming up. Now I don’t know about you, only I never seem to be able to keep anything just hanging on my shoulders from slipping off; (how Grace Kelly managed to hold jackets and cardigans around her shoulders I will never know.) So after seeing a cape with a belt going through it, I thought that I would give it a go. Pleased to say it works and the cape stays in place. The last photo is where I got the ideal for the cape

Material Notes

Suiting and polyester lining




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type

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    Jun 10, 2014, 07.54 AMby LittleSewingBee

    Wow! This is such an inspiration :D

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      Jun 10, 2014, 05.14 PMby maggieg5

      why thank you very much :0)

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    May 25, 2014, 02.03 PMby ronnielee

    How did I miss this outfit?? Spots, 50’s everything I love! Nice one Maggie.

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      May 25, 2014, 02.30 PMby maggieg5

      Thanks Ronnie :0) like you I love the 50’s style !!!

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    May 20, 2014, 09.34 PMby Mdelaat

    Woaw what a stunning outfit! very elegant and sophisticated. Great fabric as well.

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      May 20, 2014, 09.37 PMby maggieg5

      Why thank you for your lovely comments :0)

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    Apr 28, 2014, 01.56 PMby orchiddream

    Darling! clever button treatment

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      Apr 28, 2014, 08.42 PMby maggieg5

      Thanks again, I know I am a little annoying at times with little details :0)

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    Apr 27, 2014, 10.53 PMby janene

    Genius! And wow… what a fit on that dress. Truly inspirational :-)

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      Apr 27, 2014, 10.58 PMby maggieg5

      Thanks for your kind comments :0)

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    Apr 25, 2014, 09.16 PMby Lindsay Hodgson

    That’s a great idea. Love this!

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      Apr 25, 2014, 09.37 PMby maggieg5

      thanks Lindsay :0)

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    Apr 23, 2014, 04.28 AMby Mokara

    What a great idea! I love it, thanks for sharing :)

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      Apr 25, 2014, 09.38 PMby maggieg5

      thanks Mokara :0)

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    Apr 22, 2014, 11.04 AMby yenny lee


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      Apr 22, 2014, 11.19 AMby maggieg5

      thanks Yenny

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    Apr 21, 2014, 05.30 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    Wonderful! Thank you for sharing :) Both your dress and cape looks lovely!

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      Apr 21, 2014, 04.01 PMby maggieg5

      Thank you Ellen :0)

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    Apr 20, 2014, 01.30 PMby IDia

    Realy great ideea! LOVE the outfit and how great ITS suit YOU!

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      Apr 20, 2014, 02.08 PMby maggieg5

      Many thanks for your kind words

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      Apr 21, 2014, 03.59 PMby maggieg5

      thanks for your kind comments

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    Apr 19, 2014, 08.49 PMby slmnstyle

    This is beautiful and runway worthy! Very nicely done :)

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      Apr 19, 2014, 09.04 PMby maggieg5

      Many thanks for your kind comments :0). Now to look at my stock pile of fabrics and decided what I want to make next!

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    Apr 19, 2014, 08.10 PMby martinK

    absolut great outfit. Love it !!!

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      Apr 19, 2014, 08.15 PMby maggieg5

      thanks Martin it was fun to work out how to add the belt to the cape.

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    Apr 19, 2014, 07.38 PMby Mary Athey

    Oh I adore this two piece outfit both are fabulous in their own right and stunning to.gether. the fabric’s gorgeous and it’s lovely on you x

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      Apr 19, 2014, 07.46 PMby maggieg5

      thanks Mary I was pleased with the results :0)

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    Apr 19, 2014, 05.56 PMby liliv-1

    Very elegant outfit and your idea is very nice!

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      Apr 19, 2014, 06.16 PMby maggieg5

      thanks liliv, I just happy that it worked :0)

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    Apr 19, 2014, 05.06 PMby chillwear

    Oh wow what a great outfit, love the cape. Did you use a pattern for the dress & cape?

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      Apr 19, 2014, 06.15 PMby maggieg5

      Hi Thanks for your comments. The dress was made using a old Butterick Pattern number 5106. I did not like the Jacket they had with the dress so I made the cape pattern myself. The ideal was from seeing a photo of a cape from last winters Valentino’s collection.

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    Apr 19, 2014, 04.34 PMby velvetribbon

    Glad that you shared this! Thank you :) I always get annoyed with my cape that slipping off from my shoulder. I’ll used your tip next time. Your dress turned-out nicely, great fitting and cute back detail. Lovely work!

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      Apr 19, 2014, 06.03 PMby maggieg5

      thanks for the comments and happy to pass on any tips I come across. Look forward to seeing you cape when you make it :0)

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