simplicity 5669: how i spent my thanksgiving (and new year’s) vacation (end of the year UFO parade)

pattern: simplicity 5669, a great 60s cape that seems very “in” right now. i could swear i saw this hanging in the window at coach earlier this fall. it’s actually been on my to-do list since before i started my 1930s cape, and i bought the fabric in september during the PR shopping day – snagged 3 yards from kashi.

my sister reluctantly (but graciously) agreed to spend half of thanksgiving afternoon helping me pin-match the plaid

time in area 51:  6 weeks

we had some extra help as well.

excuses:  for some reason this simple pattern seemed like a massive chore!  i had most of the basic pieces of both the body, the underlining and the lining sewn together in just an evening, and then nothing for weeks and weeks.


how i finished it:  with a LOT of handsewing, which obviously i knew was coming and must have been my actual reason for putting it off. this was my new year’s day project, spent blissfully with numb3rs season 3 playing in the background. don’t judge–at least i spent the weekend also watching downton abbey series 2, sherlock series 2, and whitechapel. i have SOME taste. oh, and fellowship of the ring.

i catch-stitched most of the interior seams, including them, facings, and arm slits. i had a trusty flannel underlining in there for extra warmth.

i did, however, cheat and machine-padstitch the collar. i probably should have done it properly, but the shape seems quite acceptable.

cute lining, too–also inserted by hand in a strange combination of RTW tailoring and the kenneth king method–and i pick-stitched the lining slits to the fabric slits for a tiny bit of color and a cool “secret” detail.

worth the wait:  time will tell, but most importantly, it was fun!  well, not hand-sewing the industrial-sized snaps, but it was mostly fun!

60 degrees today in upstate new york....CRAZY



Pattern Description:
Simplicity 5669; ©1964; MISSES’ SUIT AND CAPE: The lined jacket is collarless featuring long, set-in sleeves, front button closing and top-stitching detail. Purchased belt at waistline is optional. Skirt, with darts and side zipper, joins at waistband. Cape, styled with collar, front button closing and side front sections with opening for arms, is lined. (from vintage pattern wiki)

Pattern Sizing:
sz 14/34B

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
it’s all about the cape.  i wanted something very 60s without too much adornment or complication.

Fabric Used:
wool tartan plaid from metro textiles
cotton flannel interlining from jo-ann fabrics
flannel-backed “satin” from jo-ann fabrics

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
none.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
one only needs so many capes…and i already have two.
Conclusion:
capes are so, so in right now, but this style is more distinctively vintage so it felt more fun.  totally recommend a cape to anyone thinking of jumping on the trend, and this one is a gem if you come across it.  will not sew again because i now have 2 different capes, but this is a great pattern.

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7 Responses to simplicity 5669: how i spent my thanksgiving (and new year’s) vacation (end of the year UFO parade)

  1. Joanne says:

    Oh my god – love your cape. And it appears we have the same cat! My Keef looks just like your boy! http://stitchandwitter.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/img_0819.jpg

  2. Cindy says:

    My cat loooooves helping in the most helpful way possible :P

    Your sister deserves a gold medal for helping you match plaid on Thanksgiving, but it looks like the final product was totally worth it! Do you have any closer-ups of the finished cape?

  3. Patrizia says:

    I love it!

  4. puu says:

    i will try to get some closer pics of the insides, which i am (mostly) really proud of. @cindy, i have seen your photos of your cat helping you…and i sympathize!

  5. I love how yourcape turned out and it is made so well! I am attempting a jacket and i hope it turns out. Isnt it funny how we sometimes just do not want to deal with a project and when we finish we are like, why on eart did I put that ofv for so long? I know I have several UFOs going now. Thanks for sharing! I cant seem to correct my typos so sorry!

  6. Pingback: lessons learned, garments made, and all of that end-of-the-year stuff | puu's door of time

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