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A week or so ago, I did a how to on a DKNY Bag I saw on Net-a-Porter (http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/dkny-inspired-bag).

For the bag I used a tartan fleece type of fabric and denim. Tartan is in this fall season and capes are too. Since I had a whole unused bolt of this fabric, I decided to put it to use a bit more by making a matching cape.

After looking at tons of pictures of capes from various high end online retailers, I came up with this. It's very easy to make.And, I hope you guys enjoy making it.

I look forward to seeing all of your amazing versions!!
well...let's get started!!

Posted by Ms. Nikell from Charlotte, North Carolina, United States • Published See Ms. Nikell's 46 projects »

  • How to make a capelet. Chic Fall Cape - Step 1
    Step 1

    Measure your arms from wrist to wrist. You may need help for this. Next measure from your shoulders to were you want the cape to fall. Double this measurement.

    Cut cut your fabric to fit these measurements.

  • How to make a capelet. Chic Fall Cape - Step 2
    Step 2

    Fold your fabric horizontally.

    Now, fold it in half the other way. It should be quartered

  • How to make a capelet. Chic Fall Cape - Step 3
    Step 3

    Clip the corner of the fabric where all four side come together

    I made the mistake of cutting my neckline too wide. It ended up being too short in the back. So be sure to cut the top closer to the fold.(as illustrated)

  • How to make a capelet. Chic Fall Cape - Step 4
    Step 4

    Open the fabric up so that it's still folded horizontally.

    Cut one side straight up the middle (as illustrated)

  • How to make a capelet. Chic Fall Cape - Step 5
    Step 5

    Try your cape on and mark where you want the belt hole to go. Your belt will go through one side and out the other

    Create 3 1/4" long slits for the belt.

    I used the button hole feature on my sewing machine to create the belt holes.

    If you have a buttonhole feature on your machine, use it to create the belt holes.

    Create the holes for the belt in front first. Then, use the front holes as guides to create belt holes for the back

  • How to make a capelet. Chic Fall Cape - Step 6
    Step 6

    Make the belt...

    Measure your waist and double that measurement

    Cut a piece of fabric that is 3" wide by the doubled waist measurement.

    Fold and press the edges in 1" then fold the entire strip in half so it is 3" wide.

    Top stitch both side using 1/4" seam allowance

  • How to make a capelet. Chic Fall Cape - Step 7
    Step 7

    Let's make the collar...

    Measure the neckline of your cape. Add about 3" or 4" to that measurement

    Cut 2 pieces like the one to the left. For a wide collar cut the pieces wider.

  • How to make a capelet. Chic Fall Cape - Step 8
    Step 8

    Sew the two pieces right sides together along the short sides and the curved side. (You can use interfacing or stiffener to make to collar more sturdy)

    Clip the corners and turn the collar right side out.

    Top stitch along the edge of the collar using a 1/4" seam allowance.

  • Step 9

    For a more professional finish, we'll attach the collar with a french seam (don't panic it's really easy)

    Pin the collar on wrong sides together. As you pin create small pleats until the collar lines up with the neckline end to end. It helps pin the end first and work your way to the middle.

    Sew using a 1/4" seam allowance

    Now, fold the collar back so the right sides are together. Pin and sew using a 1/2" seam allowance.

    Top stitch the seam allowance down to the inside of the cape.

  • How to make a capelet. Chic Fall Cape - Step 10
    Step 10

    Hem the raw edges

    You may need to press the collar to fold properly.

    Add buttons to close your cape and your done!!

    Don't forget to post your version here.

  • How to make a capelet. Chic Fall Cape - Step 11
    Step 11

    That was easy huh!?

    If you have any questions, message me and I'll get back to you asap.

    If you have any tips on how I can make this better, shoot em' my way. I'm always looking to improve.

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Gabrielle · 7 projects
This is exactly what I am looking for in the shops right now! Thanks for saving me money! I can't wait to make it and post my version Happy
DarkAshHurts · 119 projects
I love Capes! And this was so easy!
Lacey C.
Lacey C. · Dayton, Ohio, US · 6 projects
This looks store-bought, yet so easy to make! Nice!!
KMOM14 · Fort Wayne, Indiana, US · 378 projects
Looks very chic.

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