Today’s post is picture heavy! I’m excited to walk you through our Cloud Cape ‘trimmings workshop’ and to look at some key construction details. When we left off last post, we were building trimmings out of fabrics, using techniques taught by Candace Kling, including cabochon roses, buds, blossoms, and leaves.
Now that our trimmings are well underway, it’s time to look at the construction of this beautiful vintage cape! Two of the more exquisite details on this cape are the shirring around the shoulders and the incredible collar, and we wanted to highlight a few methods we used in creating our own sample.
First up: the shirring! This pattern uses an era-appropriate construction technique for creating shirring, by using unwaxed dental floss to create rows of gathers. To ensure we were hitting the key marks of the pattern, we created thread markers on the cut pattern pieces:
From there, we added the floss and zig zag stitched over it, then began to gather the fabric following the shirring guide.
Ultimately, we find that it is easier to shape the cape on a three dimensional form, so we move to our dress form to finalize our gathers. Once we are happy with the look of the shirring, we tack in place using a washed wool crepe underlining.
Once this step is complete, it is important to admire your handiwork!
Next up: the collar! The construction of this lovely collar is fairly simple, like a tube with several channels for cording.
In order to give the collar a bit more body, we opted to use plastic coated electrical wire, which can be molded to maintain a specific shape.
From here, we will finalize the embellishments and complete construction!
Join us next post for a look at our finished 1927 Cloud Cape!