Let’s talk capes. No, not the Renaissance fair kind, but the stylish every day kind. Capes are just one of those things you either find really attractive/elegant or silly. I’m of the former group. I find them simple and beautiful (when done right). I’m going to walk you through a tutorial for making a really easy cape out of flannel. But before I do I want you to know, you can simplify this way down if you are looking for a fast project. You don’t need the pockets or collar if you don’t want them. I tend to go crazy if I don’t have pockets, so I had to add them. You also don’t need to line it. I wanted something that would be useful in DC’s weather, so I opted for a warm liner so I could get some use out of it.
1.75 yards flannel
1.75 yards liner (I choose thick velvet-ish fabric)
Some scrap vinyl
1. Fold fabric in half, then half again
2. Cut circle with 29” radius
3. Cut circle with a 3” radius out of the middle for the neck hole
4. Open up the circle, cut a straight line, opening up the cape
5. Now we are going to make the pleats where the pockets go. If you don’t want pockets (or pleats, skip to step 11)
-Measure 20” in at the bottom edge, mark
-Measure 3” past the first mark, mark this spot
-Tuck the 3” portion back on the underside so it points towards the opening
-Pin pleat along edge
6. Now we are going to cut the pleat open on the back side, about 13” in length. Roll this edge back once and stitch to finish.
8. Using the scraps from around your larger circle, cut the pockets by tracing your hand.
9. Sew each pocket right in to your pleats. You’ll sew along the top edge of each side first, and then sew the pocket itself together.
10. Top stitch the pleat as follows:
11. Lay out your cape, cut a copy out of the lining fabric.
12. Using the rest of the scraps from your big circle, cut a collar. I just used as much as I could, I didn’t measure or anything. Sew pieces together, leaving bottom arc open. Then turn right-side-out, press and top stitch
13. Sew collar to right side of cape (1/4” seam). Then sew lining to the cap (1/2”), leaving an opening on the front straight part so you can turn it right side out.
14. Turn cape, press, finish opening. Now you can top stitch.
15. Now mark and add buttons to the front. I chose to have the buttons face inward so you wouldn’t see them
16. Put on the cap, mark where you want you “arm” to be defined. Stitch multiple times here, about ½” up.
17. Add tassels.