The “Frankly My Dear, I Don’t Give A …” capelet
Fabric: Goldish tan cotton velvet that spent seven years hanging in front of my bedroom window
Pattern: Vintage Simplicity 5416
Year: c. 1964
Notions: Thread, interfacing, lining, fabric covered button
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: Monday, for photos
Wear again? Of course! Everyone should have a 60s era velvet capelet on hand. You just never know when you might need it.
Total price: Everything was in my stash – so I’m saying $0.00.
As I was trying to decide on a garment to sew for this week’s challenge, I was hemming a new pair of curtains for our bedroom After seven years I figured it was time for a bedroom change that involved more than painting the walls. The old curtains – long, unlined, cotton velvet – were still in pretty good shape so I tossed them in the washer to prepare them for the donation bin.
However I had an “aha!” moment when they came out of the dryer. Why donate them when I could refashion them into something!
“Oh!“, I thought to myself, “These curtains would look beautiful as a 60s era capelet.” And thus the “Frankly My Dear, I Don’t Give A ….” capelet began. It may not be green and it may not be a dress but it did begin life as a curtain. My capelet is named “Frankly My Dear, I Don’t Give A…” in honor of Scarlett O’Hara’s curtain dress.
I even had the perfect pattern on hand – Simplicity 5416 – and it only required ONE buttonhole – woot!
With this week’s challenge being a technique challenge – specifically buttonholes – I figured it was time to sew me a bound buttonhole. The last time I made a bound buttonhole was about 1998. And that one didn’t turn out all that nicely. I found this buttonhole very easy to construct, which tells me my skills have improved over the past ten plus years. Whew!
Isn’t it pretty? The collar is adorned with a vintage 60s or 70s brooch that belonged to my husband’s mother.
I did lengthen the capelet about four inches, for two reasons. 1) The pattern I had is a small, size 10-12, but it’s a 1964 10-12, with a bust of 31-32″ and I sew with a larger size. 2) I have a large bust and I needed the extra length.
And look at the surprise hiding inside! Oh yea, animal print lining.
I did change the construction a bit. The lining is sewn edge-to-edge of the capelet. Rather than leave the neck edge open and turning, as directed by the instructions, I left an opening in the side seam. Much easier to turn and stitch closed.
Can you tell I’m pretty pleased with myself? I made a bound buttonhole. I lined the cape with a remnant I’ve held onto for far too long. I have a new cute little capelet to wear.
And the best part? The look on my husband’s face when he realized I had turned our bedroom curtains into this. Priceless!