Caroline Cape



Devon Dancy


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Outline the story …

Ever since stumbling on Frances Grimble's Reconstruction Era Fashions in my library years ago I fell in love with the 1868 Tamla with a peaked back. I also realized that Laura Ingalls Wilder was born a year or so later. Thus I was inspired to make this as something Caroline Ingalls would wear!
Maybe not to an opera, but perhaps to a family party, or in the spring to care for the live stock.

Outline the construction…

This cape is made with a wool plaid, yarn dyed cotton flannel, and cotton velveteen recycled from an old blazer.

This is my first time drafting a garment and I had to free style the curves, as at the time I didn't own a curved ruler, I also added two gores so that it would close in the front.

Other challenges include easing the front gores so that the plaid matches, learning to sew binding on completely by hand, and working with velvet for the first time.

She's completely hand sewn, both because I enjoy it and Caroline wouldn't have access to a sewing machine for twenty more years.




  1. Avatar Phanuel Jagna Levinsen on March 11, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    Beautiful work! (and love the cat)

    • Avatar devon dancy on March 18, 2021 at 2:29 am

      Thank you! (It felt wrong not to include quality control agent tiger)

      • Avatar Phanuel Jagna Levinsen on March 20, 2021 at 11:06 pm

        (I vote for a promotion with how well the project turned out. Chief Tiger of Quality Control!)

  2. Avatar Laurie on March 12, 2021 at 5:53 am

    Great fabric. Nice to see a focus on Caroline. Very natural!

    • Avatar devon dancy on March 18, 2021 at 2:30 am

      Thank you! She’s such a quitely key character in the book and the cape style fit her perfectly!

  3. Avatar Manon L'Hostis on March 15, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    Great work on matching the fabric! Your cape looks very comfy♡

    • Avatar devon dancy on March 18, 2021 at 2:33 am

      Hi sorry I meant to reply but accedenlty made a comment below, but again thank you!!

  4. Avatar devon dancy on March 18, 2021 at 2:32 am

    Thank you so much! Matching the plaid was very tedious! And it’s very comfy! ❤️

  5. Avatar Kikkii von Fustian on March 29, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    Well done on hand sewing the whole thing! It looks really nice and comfortable <3

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