Monday, March 07, 2011

DIY Cape

Welcome to a little tutorial I cooked based on a post I did last week. IMG_4614

In my last post, I wore this:

It was a cape that I made out of a vintage coat that I got at Goodwill. I really loved it, but it just didn’t fit quite right. It was too long, didn’t come with a belt, and just looked strange on me.

I cooked up this idea turning it into a cape. Which I’ve been wanting to get for a while but couldn’t quite find one I could decide on.

I got a comment from Veronika of Tick Tock Vintage, suggesting that I do a tutorial on how I did it. So, Here we go.






First of all, your going to need a coat.This is the one that I chose.  I suggest getting one that is a big large on you. This will help get the desired length of cape. Of course this is totally up to you. The length of the finished cape is going to be the length sleeves on the coat.




Next, Your going to open up the the under side of the sleeves and the side of the jacket. Making the jacket only connected at the shoulders. Do this for both sides.




Your third step is to attach the sleeves to the sides of the body of the jacket. With right sides together, pin, then stich the sleeves to the body.




The next step is to sew these sections together. Because I’m not a pro or anything, I am going to stich the sides all the way down, then go back and make arm holes. If you are a more advanced seamstress than I, I suggest leaving room for arm holes at this step. I will be adding them later.




Be sure to round out the shoulders when sewing. If you don’t the cape will bulge at the elbow area.





Now it’s time to shorten/ even out the bottom hem of the cape. I just used a normal pair of scissors to cut. I measured the length between the hem of the coat, and the hem of the sleeve, leaving about one inch extra material in order to hem.

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Next I hemmed the bottom. The sleeve section of the bottom hem is already finished on my coat, so I hemmed around the bottom, skipping those already done sections.




My next step for us is to make an arm hole. Of course, if you are a more talented seamstress than I, you have already left a spot for your arm hole. And all you have left to do is finish the hole.

In my first attempt, I made the arm spot too small and too low for my personal preference. This time, I knew I wanted a spot that I could fit my arm out, fit in my pocket, and lift my arms up comfortably. My spot was approximately 10 inches. To get this spot. I simply seam ripped my already sewing seam to a length that I found appropriate.

I then pinned and sewed the flaps open.




Finally, I finished my seams with pinking shears. If you feel like finishing your seams a little neater and more professionally, I recommend it. There will definitely be less fray and wear in the long run. But pinking shears will do just fine.




And there you have it. In just a couple hours, you’ve got yourself a custom made cape!

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If you have any questions, leave a comment or shoot me an email, and I’ll do what I can to help you out!



Trixierox42 said...

I think this is such an incredible idea! Oh and I LOVE the dress you are wearing!!!

luong.christine said...

Great tutorial. I'm going to make this out of a wool coat I thrifted. I'm new to sewing though, and I'm planning on hand sewing. What stitch do you recommend for hand sewing?

Alice Barton said...

wow, love this! Thank you so much for sharing!! xx