Vogue 8959 Houndstooth Check Kimono Cape

I made this cape for wearing over a kimono.



Recently, I've started learning how to make kimonos by my mother in law. She was a professional kimono tailor but has retired now. I got some kimonos, kimono coats and obi-belts from her. kimonos need a looooot of accessories (Obi-belt, sash band, hair ornament and Kimono underwear...e.t.c.) to wear them. I would like to make them and a kimono by myself. Vogue 8959 is very good for kimono style.


I cut a size S and view B. I wanted to wear this cape with a kimono, so I made these arm openings wider by a few inches than the pattern. I added the grosgrain ribbons to the edges of arm openings in order to strengthen and add stability to those areas. I almost never used the instructions but it was very easy and quick to make. I added the lining a different way than the instructions.

Vogue 8959 doesn't have a detachable collar pattern but I made it! I sewed some small buttons on the edges of the collar for the collar's use. Actually, I wanted to get a new cape pattern (Simplicity 8263). However, I have a lot of cape patterns, so I pulled Vogue 8959 from my stash. If you would like to make a cape with a detachable fur collar, I recommend Simplicity 8263.

This is my next project! I sewed the obi-belt (kimono belt) with an obi- belt fabric, so I made the clutch bag using the leftovers. I embroidered on it with paper yarn: Leafy. The yarn is made of Washi (a kind of Japanese paper, and is washable and very light!). Obi-belt fabric is very hard and it's good for making a clutch bag.

I am glad that I made the matching obi-belt and bag.
I am making my first kimono project for spring now (I have to learn to wear a kimono more!). Making a kimono is a tough job for me because I have to sew all the parts by hand. However, I enjoy making my kimono and am looking forward to finishing it.

Fabric: Cape 60" 2 1/4yd
Total time spent: 12 hours



30 comments

  1. The cape looks great! Good luck with the kimono! Looking forward to see it!

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    1. Thank you so much, Georgia! I will post it on my blog(⌒‐⌒)

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  2. Wow! I'm speechless. Your cape is gorgeous. I don't own a cape, nor have I ever sewn one, but I will have to get this pattern now and make one for next winter. Your embroidery is beautiful! You look so lovely in your kimono. I look forward to future posts about making them!

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    1. Thank you, Shirley! I am very pleased. If you like quick sewing, I recommend this pattern. It will be match your style!

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  3. This is absolutely gorgeous. Your cape looks amazing. I love the matching belt and clutch. Good luck with the kimono. I can't wait to see how it turns out.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Olivia! I am glad that you like them.

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  4. that is beautiful, what great pictures. And the cape looks equally good with the kimono and with jeans. love the fur collar.

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    1. Thank you, Beth! I agree with you, this cape goes well with a kimono and jeans. It's very useful!

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  5. Gorgeous cape and gorgeous backdrop for your pictures. It's also lovely to see the traditional kimono too.

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment, Diane! I really love that place:)

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  6. This cape is beautiful and goes nicely with both a kimono as well as jeans. You look beautiful in that kimono as well. And the embroidery on that clutch is exquisite. Your workmanship is impeccable.

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    1. Thank you so much, Tomasa! I am glad that hear from you. I would like to embroider on a obi-belt someday!

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  7. I love the way you have made something contemporary which works with the traditional,Eli! Your attention to detail is so good - you will have no trouble making the kimono and I wish I could have a lesson with your mother in law too!

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    1. Thanks a lot, Sarah! My mother in law will be happy to hear that. She can sew quickly like a sewing machine(^_^;)

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  8. Le cape tres chic, mais komono et sac a main, tres tres chic:)

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    1. Thank you so much! I am pleased:)

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  9. Your cape is gorgeous! And how exciting that you're going to learn to make your own kimono. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do! :)

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment, Alli! I'm making my kimono with a plain cotton now. I will post it on my blog:)))

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  10. I love your cape and the matching handbag is so perfect! I can't wait to see how your 'me-made' kimono turns out. What a fabulous project!

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    1. Thank you for commenting! I love your new project too. It's very lovely:)))

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  11. I love the cape and I'll definitely check out that pattern. That bag is really cute too.
    Good luck with your kimono project -- I didn't realize that they take so much work to make.

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    1. Thank you, betty! I would like to recommend this pattern to everyone. I am looking forward to your new project:)

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  12. I admired every work you did.
    You are very successful .
    The cape, the belt, the bag are super super super.
    I applaud you bravo Eli.
    Hello to the mother and you, greetings.

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment, aysel! I am happy to hear from you. Your comment is encouraging me:)

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  13. You did a great job, Eli. The cape looks good with the kimono as well as jeans. Love the embroidery as well :)

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    1. Thank you, Hana! I'm glad you like it. I would like to make a bright colour coat for spring:)

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  14. The cape looks great and I'm loving that embroidery on the clutch - Your kimono is going to be gorgeous, I'm sure of it

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    1. Thank you, Sasha! That embroidered bag was hard to make, but it's worth it!

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  15. Your cape is gorgeous!

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