I’ve seen a few gorgeous capes around lately, on children and adults, and decided that it was time to make one for me. So may I present New Look 6007!
I made view D, the shorter version with collar and no belt. The fabric is velveteen from Anna Maria Horner’s Innocent Crush range, and it was just divine to work with. The pattern doesn’t include lining pieces, but it was very easy to add lining so I did. The lining fabric is voile from Anna Maria Horner’s Loulouthi range. It worked beautifully as lining, soft and smooth.
I added topstitching down the front and back princess seams, as well as around the collar and cape edges. The front closure is from Darn Cheap Fabrics. I’m going to unpick it and move it so that the edges close together more precisely and it stays done up a little better. My original plan was to make the longer length cape with the belt, but there wasn’t enough fabric for that. As it turns out, at my height the shorter length is probably more in proportion.
This was actually quite quick and easy to make. It’s pretty much all straight seams, plus a collar. There is a back neck facing piece, and the front facings are the same as the front pieces, so to line it you just need to cut side front, side back and centre back pieces from your lining fabric. Easy peasy! I recommend this pattern; the princess seams make it fall quite nicely and it’s comfortable to wear and doesn’t feel as though it’s going to slip off your shoulders. The collar pieces are nicely drafted to allow for turn of cloth, with the under collar in two pieces cut on the bias. Lovely touches that give a nice result.