How to Make a Retro Fur Capelet


This morning I woke to 40-something-degree weather–not exactly what I’d expect for April. Though my heart yearns for warmer temperatures, I’m actually still excited about chilly evenings. It’s the perfect excuse to wear a few more layers. The other day I pulled out a light-weight wool from my stash with the hopes of it becoming a cape that could add warmth on chilly commutes without a lot of weight. That’s when I found my faux fur stash and remembered this gem.

And with the return of Mad Men on Sunday, the perfect excuse to create a vintage-inspired capelet was born (I honestly I may I watch that show to see the costumes and sets more than the show itself). I used one of my old coats as the foundation for the pattern, which was super easy to draft. The collar is simply a rectangle, so no headache there. If you’d like to make one too, check out the pdf of my pattern on the WeAllSew blog from Bernina!

Draft the patten tracing the shoulder slope of your favorite coat!

Draft the pattern tracing the shoulder slope of your favorite coat!



Nicole Smith is an author, editor, designer, and instructor who lives in Brooklyn, New York. Check out her latest book, Skirt-A-Day Sewing, out now at your local bookstore, or online.
  1. Too cute!! If only I had an excuse to wear one of these out!

  2. This is absolutely adorable! Nice job, girl!

  3. This kicks ass!! I love how chic it looks and how easy it was to make!!

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