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jennylafleur ([personal profile] jennylafleur) wrote2012-12-13 09:45 am

the fluffy capelet

I have been such a slacker with the Happy-A-Long this year - bad Jenny! I have all sorts of lame excuses but to sum up I've been crazy busy and rather lazy. I've so been enjoying all the "happys" on my Friend's list though - they make me smile every day!

One of the things I have been crazy busy with is sewing. I had a serious conference with my "to-do" list and after the initial panic, comparing it's length and the time available to me before March, I have been knuckling down and getting to work on it. First up was my wool capelet but thanks to my decision to trim it in fur I'm at a standstill with it until my fur arrives. So I moved on to my second capelet - the silk one!


A few weeks ago I discovered that once again my Stash had anticipated my wants and desires - I had all the elements to make this capelet that I have been drooling over for months sitting in the house. I love it when that happens!


Originally I draped a pattern (in miniature, using my Franklin Mint Titanic doll to save fabric) so I could make an exact reproduction but eventually decided I liked the pattern I'd developed for my wool capelet better. Doing straight reproductions isn't really my thing anyway.


Cutting it out proved to be a challenge thanks to my fabric restrictions. I had 3.5yds and I used every millimeter of it trying to fit in the cape body, a self-lining layer of the body, the huge hood, a matching muff and a bit of bias tape to finish the neckline. It took a couple of hours, a seam in the center back (like the original) and lots of fiddling but I managed it in the end - whew! I so added an interlining of cotton flannel for warmth, which I'm still a bit iffy on. It definitely made the cape more practical but also stiffer. But then again the fabric itself, a silk blend I picked up in LA a few years ago, is a bit on the stiff side so maybe the flannel doesn't matter that much. Oh well, it's done now!


The capelet was about half machine sewing, half hand sewing. Basically anything that showed I did by hand. I was just in the mood!

The feather boas (my big splurge during the going-out-of-business sale) were all sewn by hand of course. They were a huge pain in the butt to deal with but the results are SO worth it. Even if my room is covered in marabou feather fluff (I thought silk velvet fuzz was bad!).


I still have the muff to make but I adore the finished results and I can't wait to wear it!






[identity profile] 2012-12-13 02:52 pm (UTC)(link)
*squeeeeeeee!!!!* Oh my goodness! That is all kinds of fabulous!! I can't wait to see you wearing it.

[identity profile] 2012-12-13 09:42 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks! I knew you would approve! :>

[identity profile] 2012-12-13 02:53 pm (UTC)(link)
That is so stunning that I can't find words to describe it. Absolutely beautiful!

[identity profile] 2012-12-13 09:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you so much - I'm so pleased with it!

[identity profile] 2012-12-13 03:05 pm (UTC)(link)
Wow, that is so beautiful. You did a wonderful job!

[identity profile] 2012-12-13 09:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you!

[identity profile] 2012-12-13 03:21 pm (UTC)(link)
That is super cute! And PINK! Yay!

[identity profile] 2012-12-13 09:44 pm (UTC)(link)

[identity profile] 2012-12-13 04:09 pm (UTC)(link)
So pretty!!!

[identity profile] 2012-12-13 09:44 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks so much - I can use it for Regency too yay!

[identity profile] 2012-12-13 04:21 pm (UTC)(link)
Squeeee!! That is so gorgeous!!!! you are going to have to keep it under lock and key though, I have a feeling it would look just lovely on me ;)

[identity profile] 2012-12-13 09:45 pm (UTC)(link)
You behave yourself Missy! Although you are one of the few people I know that would look good in this color. It's such a warm pink, it looks ghastly on my Mom and sister! :>

[identity profile] 2012-12-13 04:26 pm (UTC)(link)
ADORABLE! I want one! I love pink

[identity profile] 2012-12-13 09:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks! Pink is always a good thing. :>

[identity profile] 2012-12-13 04:28 pm (UTC)(link)
It looks lovely, bravo! So festive and luxe.

[identity profile] 2012-12-13 09:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks! I know, I wish I had enough boas left to make a red one - it would be so Christmasy!

[identity profile] 2012-12-13 04:51 pm (UTC)(link)
This capelet has turned out absolutely gorgeous. You'll make a lovely picture in it! :D



[identity profile] 2012-12-13 09:47 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks - I can't wait to wear it!

[identity profile] 2012-12-13 04:54 pm (UTC)(link)
This is breathtakingly gorgeous! What a wonderful job!

[identity profile] 2012-12-13 09:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you so much! I think I might have to bring this to CosCol, winter grament that it is...

[identity profile] 2012-12-13 05:10 pm (UTC)(link)
Completely FABULOUS. I'm definitely suffering from cloak envy right now!

[identity profile] 2012-12-13 09:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you so much!

[identity profile] 2012-12-13 06:13 pm (UTC)(link)
I love it, and I wouldn't have expected to...(I usually hate satin and shiny stuff, but it is silk, and the color has a warmth that most pinks don't have) Would it be sacrilege to suggest that it needs to get a little wrinkled like the inspriation pic so it would be all charmingly antiquey?

[identity profile] 2012-12-13 09:49 pm (UTC)(link)
My sister and I were talking about that, it will look even better once it is "lived in" a bit...

[identity profile] 2012-12-13 06:29 pm (UTC)(link)
Jenny this turned out to be absolutely wonderful ... I can't decide which version I like more - the original or yours. Both have a wonderful form and are both unique. Great!!

[identity profile] 2012-12-13 09:50 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you so much, what a nice compliment!

[identity profile] 2012-12-13 06:33 pm (UTC)(link)
OMG that's sooooooooo pretty!

[identity profile] 2012-12-13 09:51 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks so much - I love it!

[identity profile] 2012-12-13 06:42 pm (UTC)(link)
It's gorgeous! Yay for getting stuff done!

[identity profile] 2012-12-14 01:14 am (UTC)(link)
Really I can't decide what is more exciting, the pretty capelet or getting to cross something off my list... :>

[identity profile] 2012-12-13 06:55 pm (UTC)(link)
I so want a "Love it" button - beautiful work Jenny.

[identity profile] 2012-12-14 12:54 pm (UTC)(link)
*blushes* Thanks so much!

[identity profile] 2012-12-13 07:07 pm (UTC)(link)
It's lovely! Good job!

[identity profile] 2012-12-14 12:54 pm (UTC)(link)

[identity profile] 2012-12-13 09:07 pm (UTC)(link)
How utterly glamorous and ladylike! I love it!

[identity profile] 2012-12-14 12:55 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks you - I know it's so girly, yay!

[identity profile] 2012-12-14 04:42 am (UTC)(link)
I just wanted to thank you for your cording tutorial. I just started sewing and finding that tutorial made my corded stays get put together a lot smoother than I'm sure they would have otherwise!

Also, do you have any suggestions as to finding places/groups in the mid-Atlantic region (I live on the Eastern Shore of MD) to wear costumes once they have been made?

Thanks again!

[identity profile] 2012-12-14 01:03 pm (UTC)(link)
You are most welcome!

There is a public group on LJ at <lj user="midatlancostume" but also send me an email ( for more info...

[identity profile] 2012-12-14 04:42 am (UTC)(link)
O I love it!!!!!

[identity profile] 2012-12-14 01:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks! I had such fun with it!
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[identity profile] 2012-12-14 05:27 am (UTC)(link)
Pink and fluffy! It's fabulous!

Okay, now I really don't think I can resist a making a little capelet for the dinner! THANKS. ;)

[identity profile] 2012-12-14 01:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Have I mentioned I am an enabler? *wink*

[identity profile] 2012-12-14 06:21 am (UTC)(link)
Ooh, I want it!! It's so pretty! And so fluffy! And so pink! I love it! :)

[identity profile] 2012-12-14 01:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Mine! :>

[identity profile] 2012-12-15 01:46 am (UTC)(link)
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!! It's so fluffy, I love it!

[identity profile] 2012-12-15 01:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks so much! I've decided i really do need more feather/fur trim in my life - it's such fun!

[identity profile] 2012-12-15 03:30 pm (UTC)(link)
Well that IS lovely! VERY beautiful! I can't wait to see a picture of you wearing it!

[identity profile] 2012-12-19 01:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks so much! :>
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[personal profile] newmoonstar 2012-12-15 11:24 pm (UTC)(link)
That is quite possibly the cutest thing ever. :)

[identity profile] 2012-12-19 01:44 pm (UTC)(link)
Aww... thanks so much! :>

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