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Plaid Galore (Using American Duchess Cape and Wearing History Blouse Patterns)

Earlier this year I made a mauve wool 1910s wrap cape using the free pattern from American Duchess.   I’m happy to see so many other people making it! The cape even has its own Instagram hashtag #ADcapecult. SXFB6622

I lined the cape with a blue and black plaid fabric I got from a friend but constructed my cape in a way to make it reversible. LEYY6663

The cape is inspired by an antique cream and black one.IMG_7297

I made mine using a light-weight wool for spring/fall usage.IMG_7486

One of the cute details this cape has is the contrast on the collar, which I repeated on the lining to make it fully reversible. QLWZ6538

This cape pattern is available in PDF format but is a gridded pattern you have to scale up. To save time I just printed the pattern extra large and taped the pieces together. IMG_7402

The closures are hidden under the back of the cape. The front pieces wrap around and you can finish them either by with hooks and bars or a ribbon bow. I had to trim a little bit off the ends because of my body shape. If you are large-busted you may need to change the size of the darts on the front wraps.

Overall, it’s an easy, good-looking cape and I plan to use this pattern again for a witchy wardrobe!IMG_0007

I had plenty of the plaid fabric left over and used it to make this cute 1930s double-breasted blouse pattern from Wearing History. IMG_6938JERR7630RRXR6541

I’ve coordinated the house in the outfit above with the Daphne retro wedge sandals from American Duchess.

Like all the other Wearing History blouse patterns I made, I am quite happy with how this turned out. It is not a complicated pattern because there are not many pieces. There’s some leeway to adjust the fit by moving the buttons and buttonholes a bit.IMG_6927

The shoulders have a split which make for a cute detail. Plus there’s a belt in the back with a buckle.SLWP7455

I loved the way this blouse looked with the red cigarette pants, but I had enough fabric left over I decided it would be also fun to make matching shorts. This way I would have the look of a romper but the convenience of a 2-piece outfit. IMG_0098

To make the shorts I hacked an existing pattern I already had: the Decades of Style 1930s Last Resort Beach PJs. I used the upper portion of the pants because I wanted the high-waisted look. You can see the beach PJs I made in an earlier post.

I had fun making my little mini capsule wardrobe!



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20 responses »

  1. Jonelle Patrick

    I am a longtime lurker here and love seeing all the great things you’re inspired to make(^ω^) Not only do I LOVE this cape design, it would be the perfect outerwear for kimono! For all kinds of weird reasons, I belong to a far-flung group of women from all over the world who love to wear kimono as modern fashion. But protection from the weather/keeping warm in winter is always a compromise—somewhere between garbage bag and the grandmotherly traditional outerwear that will accommodate those non-Western sleeves. This would be a fabulous addition to my wardrobe! Thanks for posting, and for all your creative inspiration!

  2. Rose Ella Stoller

    Love your capes. They look wonderful and easily adapted for today’s wear as well.

  3. I too am a long time lurker and find your blog interesting and concise.

    Very spiffy! I have the cape pattern and like how you adapted it; may give it a try. The blouse/vest pattern would go well with my early 1930s skirt pattern so I will look into getting it. Just love it with the long shorts; you look very posh!

  4. Just finished reading through your blog. I really enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. Stephanie Lopez

    What do you mean by “printing in Extra Large”? I don’t use pdf much so to me it sounds kinda vague.

  8. You did a wonderful job! I just downloaded the pattern myself. I don’t understand… How did you print it to scale again?

  9. Curious is you have the PDF pattern for the cape? I tried to follow the link, but unfortunately the Patreon is no longer available.


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