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Sewing A Simple Cape

This is a simple cape that has two pattern pieces, three pieces are cut and then sewn at the shoulder. You have a couple of options for edge finishing.

Boucle wool was used for this cape and edged in velvet.

MATERIALS:


  • Pattern paper or Swedish paper (I use Butcher paper to make my patterns and then recopy them onto Swedish paper to use and reuse.)
  • Pencil, eraser
  • Straight Edge
  • T-Square or quilters ruler to help draw perpendicular lines
  • Fabric for the cape. For hip length as shown in photo, you will need to buy 7/8 yard of fabric that is at least 56” wide. If your fabric is 45” wide, you will need 1 2/3 yard. Use a soft drapey fabric that is a medium weight. The fabric shown in the sample is a lovely boucle wool. You could also use any knit fabric that has some drape.
  • Optional Lining fabric: lighter weight cottons, rayons or silks.

If you want contrast trim, you will need ½ yard. The sample used velvet.


1. Front pattern piece.

    a. First draw a horizontal straight line that is 26 ¼” long. This line will be the center front of the cape.

    b. Next, now draw a line perpendicular to the line you just drew that is 29 ¾” long. This line is the shoulder of the cape.

    c. Now, draw an arc from the end of the front of the cape to the shoulder of the cape as shown below. See figure below.



    d.  Next, we will draw the neckline. From the center point, measure along the front line 2 ¾”. From the center measure down the shoulder line 3 ¼”. Now draw an arc to join these two points and making a neckline. You now have the cape’s front pattern piece.  See figure below.


2. Next make the back pattern piece.

    a. First draw a horizontal straight line that is 29 ¾” long. This line will be the center back of the cape.

    b. Next, now draw a line perpendicular to the line you just drew that is 29 ¾” long. This line is the shoulder of the cape.

    c. Now, draw an arc connecting the back of the cape to the shoulder of the cape as shown below.


d. Next, we will draw the neckline. From the center point, measure along the back line 3 ¼”. From the center measure down the shoulder line 3 ¼”. Now draw an arc to join these two points and making a neckline. You now have the cape’s back pattern piece finished.

3. Layout your cape pattern as shown below. Fold up one side of the fabric along the selvedge about 30”. Place the back pattern with the back edge on a fold. Cut along the bottom curve, and the shoulder edge. For the front pieces, lay each out and cut around the pattern with the shoulder along the grainline.


4. You now have three pieces cut out. Sew the back pattern to one of the front pieces at the shoulder edge laying right sides together and sewing along the shoulder seam. Repeat for the other side. Press the seams open.

5. You can finish the edges in various ways.

   a. Use a bias edge out of a contrasting or matching fabric. Velvet is a lovely choice. For the cape shown in the photos, I cut the bias 2 ½” wide and sewed it around the bottom of the cape and along the neck line. I used a wider piece of fabric 4” wide to cover the front edge. I sewed the bias to the edges using a 3/8” seam, then folded the bias to the wrong side of the cape and folded in the raw edge and hand stitched the bias to the cape using a blindstitch.

    b. For self facing, stitch all the way around the cape with a 1/4” seam allowance. Next, press the 1/4” up toward the wrong side. Next, turn up the folded edged hiding the raw edge and press. Topstitch in place. Repeat for the neck edge and front edge.

    c. Make your own facing. Draw a facing pattern 3” in from the front edges, the bottom and the neck edges of the pattern. Copy this pattern onto another piece of pattern paper and divide it into pieces that can be cut and sewn onto the cape. Sew using ¼” seam, turn, press, and topstitch in place. Tack down the edged of the facing so that it will stay in place.

    d. Cut out a separate cape of lining fabric. Then place the fabrics right sides together leaving about 4” unsewn through which to turn the fabric. Trim the corners, and then turn the cape through the opening. Press the cape making sure the lining is hidden when pressed. Finally topstitch around the cape which gives a nice finished edge and that also closes the opening.



You have now completed your simple cape.

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