Tuesday, September 4, 2012


1940's Knitted Cape

Capes were worn over the dress for fashion as well as for function.  They were usually considered outer-wear, but most women treated them as a complementary accessory to their ensemble.  Capes are generally shorter versions of the full-length cloak, from fingertip length to as small as a shoulder cape.  Fabrics range from lace to sheers, plain wools to velvet to mohair, and of course.....furs!   They could also be embellished with beading, braiding, and piping, just to name a few.

Capes were a fashion force in the 1930's.  I love the mix of patterns in this wonderful bias-cut knit dress with coordinating cape.  And wouldn't you just love a pair of those delightful patterned gloves?

Make mine ermine please!  Monolithic Studio's top star Gene Marshall looks divine in a luxurious white cape from Affordable Designs worn over the dramatic, bias-cut, sequin and feathered dress from Robert Tonner's Brenda Starr Collection called "Platinum Panache".

Director Ivy Jordan wears a black fur cape from Affordable Designs over her classic pinstriped suit borrowed from Tonner's Brenda Starr Collection.  Blouse from Ashton Drake's "Blonde Lace" costume, gloves from Integrity, purse from PD Root.  OOAK hat and corsage from The Couture Touch.

The black crepe dress from Ashton Drake's "Dark Desire" costume gets a new look with a wool boucle shoulder cape, matching gauntlet gloves, belt, and black suede topper, all from The Couture Touch.  This early 1940's smart ensemble is modeled by "A Lady Knows" Gene Marshall.

 Hat & Cape Vogue Pattern, circa 1930's
1942 pattern for knitted cape,
included sewing instructions for 2 hat styles
There were many sewing and knitting patterns available for the 1930's and 40's DIYers. Here are two great examples of cape patterns that included hats.

A restyled "Heat Wave" Violet Waters from Integrity wears the figure hugging sheath "Afternoon Out" from the 2001 Madame Alexander Alex Fairchild Collection with a fabulous 1940's style fur cape from Dimitha.  Gloves from Ashton Drake, purse from PD Root, bracelet from Facets by Marcia, and the OOAK floral cocktail hat from The Couture Touch.

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