Make your own cape from a blanket
It's coming to the end of winter in Australia, and I made this during my July school holidays because I was seeing capes everywhere online but not in very many shops.
I think I made it in the easiest style possible and the only pattern needed is a hood.
I think it looks nice and is very cosy in a wool-blend kind of blanket but try anything you like, it just has to have enough weight to hang well. The blanket I used was actually a blanket kimono thing so ignore that fact in the photos.
Inspiration taken from the American Apparel California Fleece Cape.
And my face is just awful in the first picture, that's why it's whited out :3
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CUTTING THE FABRIC
Fold your blanket over and cut to those measurements.
From the centre of the blanket, draw a curved line out the arm with chalk. Pin this side and cut.
Fold the blanket over so that the circular side is on top of the square side. Trace the shape onto the other half. Pin and cut.
MAKING THE HOOD
Take the excess material from the cutaway sides.
Use any hood pattern you have/can find or print out this photo. If you print it out, from purple line to purple line needs to be 42cm long.
Layer two pieces of fabric on top of each other. Trace around the pattern with chalk. Pin the two pieces of material together and cut.
Finish off the edges of your cape with a matching or contrasting bias tape or if you are very lucky like me, your blanket was edged and you can unpick from the fabric remnants and re-attach it to the new edge.
Alternatively, you could just double hem it, making sure you give a big enough seem allowance for it to hang well.
I originally wanted to use toggles but I soon realised that would make me look like Red-Robin-Hood or Ye Olde Little Red Riding Hood.
So I chose a chunky gold zip to 'funk' it up.
Pin and sew your zip.
So that you aren't constantly shuffling around trying to get your arms out, I recommend putting your cape on to work out where the most convenient place for your arms to stick out of is.
NOTE: This pattern creates quite a full cape, so I didn't make the arm wholes directly at the side, I made them a bit forward so more frills fell at the back, I found this more convenient.