A Cape for my Mom: The Muslin

This past week I finally got around to making a muslin of the cape that my mom asked for back in December – for Christmas.  I mentioned it when I showed off the muslin for her Jackie O outfit, and it’s taken me until now to get enough muslin to make it up.

This cape is supposed to replace a cape my mom’s mom made for her forever ago.  I think that particular cape wore out awhile back, but with the recent resurgence in capes (and her daughter’s new found love of sewing), she decided it was time to have it replaced.  Her old cape had a collar and slits for your hands, met in the center front and closed with a frog closure, and hit just below the knee.  We spent awhile sending patterns back and forth, but nothing seemed just right.  Finally, I decided (on my own!) that I wanted to use Simplicity 5252.

It had a cute rounded collar, slits for hands hidden in the princess seams, a lining and facing, a below the knee length, and bonus pockets hidden inside the lining. It also included a placket for buttons or a fur trim, but I figured it would be easy enough to lop that off and instead finish the cape at the center front.

The muslin is now on its way to my mom.  Here’s to hoping it meets expectations.  If she likes the collar and overall shape, then she should only need to mark the hem length and decide whether the shoulders fit her nicely or not.  Then we can get to fabric selection!  I can’t wait!

As for the Jackie O dress, it fits her really well as is.  She likely needs it taken in just a touch though, and she’d like me to help her decide on just how much, so we’re waiting until we see each other at the end of March before we move on to the next step.  I already have a beautiful blue Irish linen from Fine Fabrics waiting.  And, instead of the cute but boxy little coat that came with Simplicity 6402, I’m going to make her a French-style jacket.  When I picked up the Irish linen, I also picked up a beautiful boucle made up of all of my mom’s favorite jewel tones that pairs beautifully with the color of the linen.  I planned on using it for the matching jacket, but when we were discussing the fabric and the fit, a French-style jacket seemed a better way to go.  Now I just need to find the time to muslin a French-sytle jacket sometime in the next month.  And learn more about constructing one.  Then my mom will have three muslins and no completed Christmas presents.  But, at least we’re having fun with the process!

10 thoughts on “A Cape for my Mom: The Muslin

  1. Oh! I have this pattern and cut the entire thing last winter, all the fabric and lining, and it turned warm so quickly that I never finished (which is happening again!). What an elegant gift… and so cool that you sew for your mom. My mom still makes some things for me but it’d be a blast to do it the other way around.

  2. Hi Amy, wow your mum is going to love whatever you make her. Looking forward to seeing them later. Also, I’ve nominated you for a Leibster Blog award 🙂 I wasn’t sure if you were under the 200 followers, but in my book it doesn’t matter – I love your work, so that’s good enough for me!!

  3. This is looking so lovely! The shape reminds me of a jacket that my mom gave to me, a gift given to her in the 60s. It has sleeves, but is very similar otherwise, and I don’t wear it nearly enough. I think because it has a velvet tie closure at the neck, and is open below, but is made of a nice wool. I feel like it’s either too open for cold weather, but too heavy for warm. I suppose if public transit/walking is cut out of the equation, it works.

    1. Yeah, I was wondering if my mom would be better served warmth-wise keeping the placket, but since we are trying to replicate her old cape…

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