Last week I made four new play capes for P's preschool. It was a great way to use up some fabric I had gotten at garage sales and it helped clean out the sewing room!
My original plan involved doing a little tutorial to post with them. I tried taking pictures as I was making these but the pictures didn't really show what I was doing very well.
I can share my pattern and a description of how it goes together.
These are really fun to make as you can use almost any fabric. You can make them short like a capelet or long and flowing to the ground. I like that they can be used for many kinds of play.
This is the pattern and how it should be placed on the fabric. If the selvedge edge of the fabric looks nice, place the front of the hood on the selvedge edge of the fabric and there is no need to hem.
The length of the cape is determined by the height of the child or the length of the fabric on hand. The fold edge of the pattern goes from the neck down the back of the cape.
1. Cut out as shown above.
2. Sew the two hood pieces together on the curved edge. I use a flat felled seam for better looks and longer wear.
3. Hem and add any desired trim to the outside edge of the cape (all except the neck edge.)
4. Gather the neck edge of the cape and sew to the bottom of the hood. I either stitch the seam allowance to the hood or cover the seam with bias tape for longer wear.
5. Sew velcro tabs to the edge at the neck seam and embellish with a fancy button.
Here is a cape I made for P last year.
If you make something using this tutorial please add photos to my flickr group. I'd love to see what you've done.
(please do not sell items made from this pattern)