WHAT YOU'LL NEED TO GET STARTED:
- Vogue Pattern 8959
- Sewing Box (Scissors, Pins, Needles)
- Polyester Thread (one spool to match your lining and one to match your coat fabric color)
- Wool Fabric
- Lining Fabric
- Matching Flannel Fabric (we used white because it didn't show through the yellow wool)
- Fusible Lightweight Interfacing
We used flannel in between the liner and outer layer of fabric to add warmth to this beautiful cape. Versatility is key, and no one wants to freeze in the Winter! If you prefer to wear this cape in the Fall or are in an area with less cold weather then choosing to skip the flannel works perfectly!
Now lets get started:
Step One: After choosing your fabric and selecting the pattern size that corresponds with your measurements, cut out each fabric piece. You should have a total of 7, including the button pattern piece.
Step Two: Any alterations that you would like to make to your pattern pieces--do so now! We decided to change the length of the cape to be longer than View A, but shorter than View B. We subtracted 3 inches from the bottom of each pattern piece (excluding the collar of course) to achieve the desired length.
Step Three: For this pattern you will need to place your pattern pieces on each layer of fabric separately. One cutting on the wool. One on the lining. And one on the flannel! What a pain! No worries, the results are worth it! Remember, the button pattern piece does not need to be cut out on fabric. This piece will be used as a guide. Make sure to cut all notches and trace any marks from the pattern pieces onto the fabric. We like to mark each pattern piece with a heat-sensitive pen or chalk to distinguish between the right and wrong side of the fabric (if it isn't obvious of course)!
Step Four: Following the pattern, attach the two front pieces of the lining ensuring that you do not sew the armholes together. Do the same with the outer fabric. At this point we have pinned the flannel to each outer fabric piece. You may baste or use spray adhesive.
Step Five: Sew side back pieces to back on the lining and outer fabric. Trim along the bottom if uneven.
Step Six: Sew front to back on the lining and outer fabric.
Step Seven: Fuse interfacing to one collar piece. Pin collar right sides together and sew. Trim seam allowance to 1/4". Turn right side out and topstitch collar however you would like! We did two rows of stitching. Finally, pin collar to the right side of your cape and sew following seam allowance instructions on pattern.
Step Eight: Press all seams open. Hem bottom of outer fabric according to pattern instructions. We hemmed a little more than recommended, and also switched to a jean needle since the layers got pretty thick. Jean needles pierce through the fabric easier and won't break as easily as a ball point needle.
Step Nine: Hem the lining fabric according to pattern instructions. Now it's time to sew the two together! We are almost done! Pin all the way around. Take your time with this because this is tricky business! You want to make sure that everything lines up correctly. We pinned about every 2 inches and ironed before sewing down. You may also choose to baste (however very time consuming). Trim the bulk. Do NOT sew the armholes shut. This is where you will turn the coat right side out. Iron again and topstitch all the way around. Press seam of armholes in and match lining up with the outer fabric. Top stitch as cleanly as possible.
Step 10: Attach the button by using the guide provided. We used a heat sensitive pen to mark on top of the fabric. Hand sew button on. Then, attach a button hole foot to your machine and sew a corresponding (in size) hole for your button to go through. The hole should be slightly bigger than the button itself, especially if any part of the button protrudes like ours!
And Voila! A lovely cape!
Thank you for taking the time to check this sewalong out! If you create your very own cape, please share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! We would love to see your work. All supplies from this project may be purchased in store in Charlottesville, VA on the Downtown Mall. See you there!