Inspired by The "Wool Felt Cape"
I saw this cape on Net-a-Porter and choked when I saw the $400 price tag. So, I decided to try making it myself. I used a tartan fleece type of fabric and some recycled jeans for the bias.
What do you think?
I've turned this how-to into a video. You can check it out here: http://womantoanother.com/2012/01/28/mod-s-t-fashions-diy-of-the-week-j-crew-inspired-cape/
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**All seam allowance 1/2" unless noted otherwise. Seam allowance is already added into pattern pieces**
Let's make the pattern...
You can make a seperate pattern for keeps or just draw right on your fabric.
With the piece folded in half draw a line that is 9 1/2" long.
Measure down 31 1/2" and draw a line that is 20"
Draw a diagonal line to connect these two lines.
Take two of the pieces, open them up and pin them right sides together with the short ends aligned.
Draw a 1 1⁄4" long line centered on each end.
Sew 1⁄16 inch around the line through both layers to form one end of the armhole, and cut along the mark as shown to the left.
Repeat with the other two strips
Cut a strip of fabric that is 31 1/2" by at least 4 1/4". If you are using large buttons, you may need to make the strip wider.
Fold This piece in half (wrong sides together) so it is now 2 1/4" and press.
Lay the strip next to your cape and mark where your buttonholes will go.
Make sure they corespond to your button marks. Make your buttonholes.
Let's work on the neckline...
Measure around the neck of the cape and cut a piece of bias fabric 3" by this measurement plus 1/2".
Fold the edges in 1/2" and then fold the entire piece in half.
Sandwich the raw edges of the neckline between your bias. Carefully pin and stitch in place using 1/8" seam allowance.
You're all done!! From there you can add pockets or whatever else you'd like to add.
Don't forget to post your version below.
If you have any questions please feel free to message me and I'll get back to you ASAP.
Any suggestions on how I could make this better or even for future projects, send em' my way too.
Now go make that cape!! ^_^