The Inescapable, Unavoidable Cape: Past and Present Patterns

Capes and ponchos sewing patterns through the decades. On the McCall Pattern Company blog.

Capes: You either adore their casual chicness or consider them an unflattering waste of good fabric. Like culottes, capes and ponchos seem to resurface every decade in fashion. Let’s take a look at some of the cape patterns we’ve offered through the years:

Decades of capes and poncho sewing patterns from the McCall Pattern Company.
1930s: Capes were often paired with suits like this. Very Katharine Hepburn.
Decades of capes and poncho sewing patterns from the McCall Pattern Company.
1940s: If padded shoulders were big in the ’40s, then again in the ’80s, does this mean the 2020s will be all about looking like linebackers again?
Decades of capes and poncho sewing patterns from the McCall Pattern Company.
1950s: Capes were utterly ladylike and often paired with gloves.
Decades of capes and poncho sewing patterns from the McCall Pattern Company.
1960s: Poncho time! This doesn’t look very different from the ponchos of today. Except we don’t wear a fez with our ponchos.
Decades of capes and poncho sewing patterns from the McCall Pattern Company.
1970s: Amazing how everything from the ’70s fits right in with today’s styles.
Decades of capes and poncho sewing patterns from the McCall Pattern Company.
1980s: Oh the drama. You can feel Donna Karan’s influence on the decade just looking at this pattern illustration.
Cape inspiration F/W 2015
RTW cape inspiration: l-r, Joseph Lina, Missoni, Thakoon. Images from Net-a-Porter.
cape patterns
Cape pattern options. Clockwise from top left: Kwik Sew K4031, Vogue Patterns V8959, McCall’s M7202, and Butterick B6250.

Ok, so have we convinced you to sew a cape this season? Where do you stand on capes? Leave a comment and let us know!

New Coloring Book: Vogue Patterns Fall Collection. Plus, Discussion Topic

Vogue Patterns Fall '15 Coloring Book PDF

In case you missed it, we released the Vogue Patterns Fall 2015 collection last week. We’ve been reading your comments about it (love that you have so much to say!), and your early favorites appear to be the pea coat, the mustard-colored vintage dress, and the “art-teacher chic” separates. Me, I’ve got my eye on the new DKNY shirt pattern.

To help you plan your fall sewing, we’ve put together another one of our “coloring books.” This downloadable PDF features high-resolution line art of 10 of the most talked-about new patterns from the Vogue fall collection, which you can color with your fabric ideas and styling details. Just enter your email address below to download our Vogue Patterns Fall ’15 coloring booklet. You’ll receive a confirmation message on the page and the link to download the PDF will appear just below it. Enjoy!


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Are you a planner-sewer or more of an impulsive type? On the McCall Pattern Company blog.Discussion topic: What’s your sewing profile? With a new season approaching, we’re starting to think about things we want to sew when it gets a little colder. Are you a planner sewer who makes a list of all the things you need for your wardrobe, and then sticks to that list? Or are you an impulse sewer, preferring to be guided by whatever pattern or piece of fabric that catches your eye.

For most of my sewing life I’ve been in the first camp, making a list and checking it twice. But lately I’ve been more of a “ooh, pretty pattern!” sewer, just making whatever strikes my fancy. It feels almost liberating to not sew with a plan, being the compulsive list-maker that I am.

But enough about me! What kind of sewer are you? Planner? Impulse sewer? Something in between? Leave a comment here! And feel free to tell us what you think of this new collection for Vogue Patterns. We appreciate your feedback.

 

Free PDF coloring book from Vogue Patterns