Since the capelet is not fitted over the chest, the only adjustment I made in the front was to add 2 inches of length to the flounce from center front tapering to nothing at the side seam and 1 inch of width to the flounce.
I used a textured red silk fabric purchased from NY Elegant in NYC that had red metallic threads woven throughout. The fabric had quite a lot of give due to the way it was woven. It was somewhat drapey but the metallic threads prevented the fabric from gathering as designed.
|Right side of fabric
|Wrong side of fabric
What I did was press in some pleats randomly. I really like the style lines of this capelet and love how the sleeves are incorporated into the design. I really like the collar too. The pattern did not call for a closure but I decided that for my figure, a closure was necessary so I installed a hook and eye at center front at the top of the flounce.
Since it was a special occasion garment, I felt compelled to use couture techniques in its construction. I underlined the yoke pieces in silk organza. I pressed open the seam allowances and attached them to the organza only using a catch stitch so as to keep them nice and flat. You do not see it in the photo below but I also attached the flounce seam allowance to the organza as well.
The pattern instructions call for French seams along the side seams and the armholes. I decided to do the French seams for the side seams only. The fabric was just too textured for me to do a successful French seam in an armhole. I finished the armholes by using bias tape created from the lining fabric. The lining was attached to the flounce using a slipstitch.
Speaking of lining, I used China silk for the lining. China silk has had a bad rap in many sewing publications but I love it. As long as you don't plan to do a lot of activity and sweating in the garment, China silk is an excellent choice. It has a beautiful soft hand and feels luxurious.
|Inside of capelet
This little capelet was just what I was looking for. It was festive, felt luxurious and was so comfortable!