Skip to main content

Made by a Fabricista: Cape



The temps in the south have finally cooled down and I have began to sew some fall/winter items like this cape! I love capes and find them great for chilly weather that don't quite call for a coat. McCalls 7477 has been on my "to sew" list for years and I'm so glad I finally whipped it up. The pattern itself is a quick and straightforward sew and this wool really sewed up nicely.


I chose this 100% wool suiting mainly because I loved the checkerboard weave. Additionally it was a listed as a medium weight which was perfect for this cape as it was heavy enough to create some warmth yet still light enough to have some drape. There are still a few yards left so grab yours quickly! here If you love the checkerboard weave also see this heavier coating. I also love this houndstooth suiting. Or just check out ALL the suitings as there are several great options.


The only issue you may have with this fabric is fraying due to the loose weave, to prevent this I simply serged the raw edges before construction. If you don't have a serger, the zig-sag or overlock stitch on your machine will do the same things. Fraycheck is also an option.

The fusible interfacing I used for the collar and facing bonded smoothly to the wool, though I suggest interfacing both inner and outer collar for more structure. Another suggestion is to under stitch the collar to prevent it from rolling on the top edge. I'm not sure why the instructions skip this step.


Although sold out, I'll mention that these extra large gold snaps are also from Fabric Mart so don't forget to check out the Buttons and Findings section before checking out with your fabric purchase as there are some real gems there.




Although some hand stitching was required along the collar and the belt opening, McCalls 7477 sewed up quickly and easily. This cape can also be worn with a store bought belt or be worn beltless. 



I am not a fan of cold weather, but I must admit I love sewing coats, capes and jackets. Which do you prefer; capes or coats?

See you next month,

Tiffany
TipStitched

Comments

Post a Comment

Thanks for leaving a comment! All comments are reviewed before posting to help us eliminate spam. Your comment will be posted within 24 hours.

Popular Posts You Might Like

DIY Tutorial: Infinity Scarves

Have a person on your gift list, but have no idea what to get for them? Making a gift is the perfect idea and it will be even more thoughtful than a silly little gift they don't really want anyway.
Infinity scarves are super easy and quick to make. They are called infinity scarves because they look like a continuous piece of fabric in a tubular form. You can make them in almost any type of knit. Knits come in so many different prints that you can make one for every outfit in your closet. 
Here is what you will need:  - Sewing machine - 1/2 yard of knit fabric (sweater knit, rayon knit, ITY knit, cotton knit, etc) Should also be 58/60" wide.  - Thread to match - Hand sewing needle
1) Fold the 1/2 yard piece of knit in half the long way. Pin along the entire long edge. 

2) Using a thin zig-zag stitch (almost straight stitch), stitch the long edge. I pull slightly on the front and back of the fabric as it goes through the sewing machine so that when the scarf is finished, it can b…

Made by a Fabricista: Classic Ponte Knit Pieces!

Happy Saturday All!
I am so over this heat here in South Florida!  The humidity and the high temperature feels like 100+ degrees each day.  I can't wait for Fall so that I can truly enjoy the cooler temperatures.
Whenever Fabric Mart has designer ponte knit fabric in stock and on sale, I grab as many yards as I am allowed to.  I absolutely love sewing with ponte knit versus other knits as the stability and structure are perfect for my personal taste (See my previous Fabric Mart post using ponte knit here and here).