Monday, June 15, 2015

Vintage Simplicity Red Cape

A while ago I decided that if one thing was going to happen this year, then that thing would be making Tyger a winter coat. I've always wanted to make her one, and she herself has always gone sportingly along with the notion, so we sat together one day in cosy happiness and began to trawl the internet for coat patterns.

We looked here, we looked there. In fact, I found myself googling ever stranger combinations, trying to find a coat pattern that we both agreed on, but Tyger was determined - once she had set her eyes on Simplicity 8072, it was vintage cape or bust, and no amount of cooing over Burda patterns from Mum was going to change her mind.

Look, I can't deny that the kid has style. I mean, this cape is so cute that I want one - but wouldn't her poor little arms get cold?

Red Cape #3

Cold arms, pswah! Stopping short of telling me to turn off my inner mummy-monologue about goosebumps, she fixed me with a look that said "Let's make a deal - you can fulfil your coat dream, and I'll get the coat OF my dreams!"

So I gave in. And bought some red cashmere/wool coating and away we went.

And really, I should have trusted her style judgement after all, because she looks pretty darn snazzy in it - with no cold arm complaints to be heard!

Red Cape #2

Red Cape #1

Project Details
Pattern: Vintage Simplicity 8072, view 2 (published 1968)
Size: 10 (girls)
Materials: 2 meters wool/cashmere coating from Clegs, 2 meters lining
Notions: 8 buttons from Woolarium

I must say, I really did enjoy making this. The pattern was full of great information, more so than modern patterns. I did do a few tweaks here and there, like using iron-on interfacing, which I don't think they had in 1968, but I mostly stuck to the script. There was a LOT of handsewing involved in this, but I didn't mind it. In fact, it was quite meditative, even if it did chew up gallons of time.

It's inspired me to get some more vintage patterns out from my stash and give them a go, plus who can go past this vintage style? Not me - I'm a sucker for all things 1950s and 60s!


  1. LOVE it! What style, she looks so chuffed - and it looks like she should get a couple of years' wear out of it too. I've been trawling my own vintage pattern collection recently. So much goodness. Want to make all the things.

  2. Oh I can imagine how good that feels! Sure looks good. Cold arms be hanged at least she won't outgrow any sleeves, so it really should last a couple of winters. Clever Tyger.

  3. Looks fabulous! She does have excellent taste. That's one of my favourite things about vintage patterns - learning little tips and techniques that aren't used today. So interesting! And I love that vintage patterns often have little pictures of the presser foot on the pattern pieces - so cute,

  4. Oh, this is precious! I love the buttons and welt style arm holes :D Tyger has taste!

  5. That is freaking adorable! I want one for imogen.

  6. The stuff of fairytales! Watch out for the big bad wolf.

  7. Anonymous6:55 pm

    Looks adorable! Now she just needs a little handbag with a lippie and compact inside :) I have a half-made muslin of Burda 7041 made up (a 60s style coat), which I think would match today's fashion well.

  8. Looks fantastic. Great colour too.

  9. Now THAT is a kids coat pattern I could totally get behind. It's gorgeous - and just look at the smug grin on her dial - so happy!!! You can knit her some gorgeous arm warmers to match??

  10. That is so cute and will be different from what all the other girls are wearing. Well done, a classic. xx

  11. That is so cute and will be different from what all the other girls are wearing. Well done, a classic. xx


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