This is a digital draft-at-home pattern for a sophisticated gentleman's cape. The cape is incredibly easy to make, being comprised of only front, back, and collar pattern pieces.
Though the pattern is illustrated worn by a man, this cape will also work just as beautifully for women's wear and could even be ornamented with a different collar or hood. Since the pattern can be drafted in so many sizes, this basic pattern would even work great in boys’ and girls’ sizes too!
Era: The pattern originally dates between 1929 and 1932, however, the cape has changed little over the last 200 years and could easily be used for multiple eras.
This is a pattern from a French pattern drafting system fairly similar to the Lutterloh golden rule patterns. You will be able to draft a pattern to your exact size from the miniature pattern template and specially designed rulers. To draft any of these special patterns to doll, children, and adult sizes is easy. Rulers are available to draft the pattern as small as a 5 1/2” bust/ hip to as large as a 60” bust/ hip and the pattern will be scaled perfectly every time. ALL RULERS ARE INCLUDED WITH THESE PATTERNS.
The pattern includes basic markings and notches that show you how they fit together, and indications such as dotted lines for cutting on the fold. I have included several pages of drafting instructions that I have translated from the original French personally. The illustrated instructions show you how to easily draw your pattern pieces from the miniature pattern template using your special ruler.
These patterns were marketed originally to both home seamstresses and professionals alike and assume that you have a basic understanding of clothing construction. The original patterns DO NOT include any sewing instructions. To sew these, you should have a basic understanding of how pattern pieces should fit together. The pattern pieces are illustrated in such a way that you can see how they are supposed to be sewn to each other.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: These patterns might be a bit difficult for the beginner but an intermediate level home seamstress will most likely have little trouble.
For a complete tutorial on drafting your pattern including photos, check out this blog post.
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What you will need:
Paper (I use large tracing paper but butcher paper, muslin fabric, wrapping paper etc all work great!)
Fabric: this pattern requires approximately 5 meters (about 5 1/2 yards).
It's that simple! No special tools are required!
If French is your first language and you would prefer a copy of the instructions in French instead, please let me know. I would be happy to send that too!
Measuring band type: Class A