Did you see the Royal Cape pattern that I designed for issue 19 of Love Sewing Magazine? Well, I am pleased to say that my Royal Cape is now available as a free download.
This Royal Cape can be made from relatively inexpensive velour or velvet and can be made up quite quickly. Your free pattern features two different lengths depending on the look you are going for or the age of child that you are making for. In the picture below the shorter length is being worn by Emily at age 4 and the longer length is being worn by Charlotte at age 6.
These capes are great for World Book Day, Halloween, Prince and Princess dress-up parties or just a great addition to your dressing up box.
ROYAL CAPE INSTRUCTIONS
:: Velvet or velour 140cm wide for cape
Short : 100cm
Long : 130cm
:: 25cm Velvet or velour 130cm wide for collar
:: Iron-on interfacing
:: Trim 3m for Short Cape, 5m for Long Cape (ric-rac or braid is perfect)
:: Paper scissors and tape or glue (to assemble your paper pattern)
:: Sewing scissors
:: Walking/Teflon/roller foot for your sewing machine. Not essential, but the pile on velour and velvet can have a tendency to make the fabric move about
:: Point turner or bone folder
:: Iron and pressing cloth
Download and Assemble the Royal Cape Pattern
Download your Royal Cape Free Pattern. The pattern download features layers so that if you like, you can print out just the size you need. Make sure that you also check the Pattern Information box too as this layer includes the collar and interfacing pattern pieces.
When you print out your pattern pieces make sure that you print them actual size and don’t scale or fit to page. There is a test square on page 1 if you are not sure and want to check before printing all of the pages. The pattern pages are designed to be printed out on either A4 or US letter.
Assemble that pattern pages so that they resemble the diagram below
:: Cut cape from 4 layers of fabric. Fold cut edge of fabric to cut edge and then selvedge to selvedge. Position pattern piece so straight edges are along folded edges of fabric see pic below.
:: Cut 2 collars and apply interfacing to one collar
:: Apply the circle of interfacing to the wrong side of the neck opening, see pic below. This will help to stop the neck edge from getting out of shape. during construction and wear.
:: Cut a straight line from the outside edge to the neck opening/hole in the
centre. Trim the paper pattern along the dotted line and use as a guide to cut the curved lower edges of the cape opening, see pic below
:: Neaten all cut edges of the cape with an overlocker or using a zig-zag/overcast stitch on your sewing machine.
Sew the Collar
:: Apply interfacing to one collar piece, then with RST sew the two collar pieces together around the outside edge. Clip seam allowances, see pic below. Turn collar through to the right side, press, then baste the raw edges (which are at the neckline) together.
:: Position collar on the right side of the cape, matching the CB of the cape to the CB of the collar, see pic below. Sew with a 1/2” seam allowance. Snip seam allowances and press to the wrong side of the cape. Understitch seam allowances to cape.
:: Turn under a 5/8” hem around all edges of cape, including the remainder of the neck edge. Top-stitch in place.
:: Apply trim to the outside edges.
:: Attach clasp at neck edge.
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