Phew! Finally finished the little capes for my nieces. I added little cute pockets to them...
The pink one originally had a delicate daisy edge detail, but the stuff was a nightmare to work with so I sort of... tore it off in a fit of frustration... Ahem.
The measurements are quite simple for this design:
A: shoulder-base of neck
B: arm down to elbow or desired length if longer
C: forhead to back of head (not circumference - a straight line estimate)
D: Base of neck to top of head (another straight line)
E: Neck Circumference
You will need:
outer fabric, wool suiting fabric works well for this
visible lining, I used a cotton blend, but a colourful fleece or satin would also work
inner lining, fleece or wadding or something else nice and warm and insulating
embroidery floss and ribbon in complimentary colours to the lining
To start with, cut the cape and hood pieces as per the above image. I cut the cape as 1 half circle and 1 quarter circle, then cut the quarter circle in half, for each fabric. Cut 2 hood pieces from each fabric. Add a 1 inch seam allowance to the linings, and a 1.5 inch allowance to the outer fabric.
Start with the outer fabric: Sew the 2 hood pieces together from the top left corner, around the curve to the base of the neck. Take the 2 pieces from your quarter circle and sew them to the half circle as per the diagram. Sew this to the hood at the neck. Make sure all seams are facing the same way!
Turn the edges of the completed outer piece in half an inch, turning so that the rough edge will be on the same side of the fabric as the seams.
Complete the 2 lining pieces the same way, but do not finish the edges: Leave them rough.
Pin the linings to the outer cape with all fabrics the right side out - you will note that the outer fabric is larger than the linings. Turn the outer fabric inwards, folding it over the linings, and pin in place. Hand sew, with thread showing on the inside only, all around this edge at the point where the stiching from the finished edge of the wool sits. (See diagram below if my words make no sense!)
Once this is all done, the main body of the cape will be finished.
I then used this pocket pattern:http://faithsongmusic.com/ONLINE/PocketPatternSmall.pdf
Make 2 pieces of the pocket - 1 from the outer fabric and 1 from the outer lining fabric. Make the piece for the lining fabric about 1/2 inch higher than the outer fabric piece. Fold over the top edge of the lining pocket piece at about 1/8 inch thickness and sew to neaten the edge. Then, take 2 pieces of your chosen ribbon and sew one end of each to either top end of the outside of the outer fabric pocket piece.
Pin the 2 pocket pieces together, right sides facing out, and make a small slit in the lining piece, about 1/4 inch long and centred just below the folded edge. Slip the loose ends of the ribbons through this, then fold the excess lining pocket fabric over the outer pocket piece.
Pin this all in place on the cape and hand-sew it, using the embroidery thread, to secure the pocket to the cape and the folded top edge of the pocket lining to the outer pocket piece. Do not let the embroidery thread pass through the linings in the cape - you don't want it to show!
If adding ribbon or lace to the edge, do so now. Finally, add any clasps or closures you want to the front, and any extra embellishments.