Hi I’m Angel with FleeceFun.com and today
I’m going to show you to make this beautiful, long, full length hooded cape. I know you’ve
been wanting this one. For this project you will need the following: You will need 3.75
yards of fleece, or jersey knit for the exterior, .5 yard of fleece or jersey knit for hood
lining, 1 yard of leather cording (or ribbon), thread, and sewing essentials like scissors,
pins, etc. Alright now that you have all those items it’s time to get started. Now I need
to be very clear about this. This pattern piece is unique and a little funky and you
gotta follow me on this one or you will mess up! OK? This pattern piece is actually two
different pattern pieces, ok? It is the pattern piece for the back and the pattern piece for
the front. I’m actually going to have you trim back the pattern piece a little bit to
make it correct but you need to do this in the correct order and the right way because
I didn’t want you to have to assemble more than, I think it’s almost 30 pages, worth
of a pattern because it’s a full length cape. Now if I had actually you do the two pattern
pieces then we’re talking 60 pages and I don’t know about you but I do not want to be responsible
for killing that many trees. Not having that on my head. So what I did is I actually made,
so this pattern piece works for both! It’s pretty cool but only if you follow it ok?
Now also note that I have multiple lines for different lengths of cape and how to tell
which length is the best you’re going to have to hold it up and see if you need the shorter
length or not. So what you’re going to do is you’re going to cut out the back side of
the piece. Now you’re going to notice that there is this little tiny section, that is
actually the seam allowance for the front. So what you’re going to do is you’re going
to line up the edge of that pattern piece that line with the fold of the fabric ok?
So you can see what I’m doing here. Then you’re going to cut out the back. So you got your
big pattern piece for the back cut out. Great now it’s time to cut out the front. What you’re
going to do is you have these trim lines and you can see where they are, you’re going to
trim down the cape to those lines. OK? And then placing it on the fabric you’re going
to cut out your two front pieces and the back piece because it is cut out on the fold. It
is one complete piece. It is not two pieces. It is one piece. And then the front piece
are two pieces because two pieces on the front, ok? Then you need to cut out your hood. Now
because again I didn’t want you to have to cut out multiple things, the hood is a little
funky. On double fabric cut out two of the hooded exterior. Then cut down the pattern
piece to the pink line. On double fabric cut two of the hood lining. Alright, now that
we’ve gotten past the funky pattern cutting part we can get to the sewing. You paid attention
right? OK. Let’s go on to the sewing. Assembling the bottom part of the cape is easy. With
right sides together sew the right side of the front of the cape to the back side of
the cape using a half inch seam allowance. Sew from the collar to the hem. Repeat the
same process with the left side of the cape. Set the bottom portion of the cape aside.
Alright now we are finally to this part it’s actually going to be really fast. Next step.
With right sides together sew the two exterior pieces together using a half inch seam allowance.
Clip around the curves to help the hood lay properly. Repeat the same step with the lining.
Now pin the front of the exterior to the front of the lining with right sides together. From
the collar to collar. Sew together using a half inch seam allowance. Turn right side
out and tuck the lining back into the hood making a nice room of the exterior fabric
on the interior side of the hood. Pin in place. Stitch in the ditch to hold the hood in place
around the front of the hood. Alright let’s keep going. With the exterior of the hood
touching the right side your exterior of the cape, pin the hood to the cape using the notches
as a guide. Sew hood onto the cape using a half inch seam allowance. It’s starting to
come together! Really close, next step. You can leave the fleece edges raw if you desire
but finishing them off can give the cape a nice look. Turn cape edges under a half of
inch and sew down either using a zig zag stitch on the edge or a straight stitch near the
edge. Sew on the leather ties and you’re finished. And you’re finished! You have this amazing
and can I say very dramatic cloak. I mean it’s going to look amazing on you. Can I just
say? Or your friend or if you want to run around Halloween and be very dramatic and
wave your cape- hey go for it because you can. Now I am going to tell you a secret so
just so you know the hood on this cape is of course a little different than my other
capes. But all those hoods- interchangeable in the adult size. So if, like say on the
red riding hood cape you prefer that hood, guess what? Just switch it out on the pattern.
It will totally work. Or if you like the more pointed hood on the fast long cape, guess
what? You can totally switch that out on this cape. Yeah I’m a thinker like that. So now
you not only have this great long dramatic cape but you have multiple hood options as
well. Although I like the hood on this one personally. I know I’m just the designer.
Any case. If you like this project and tutorial I have several more options on my website
FleeceFun.com that I know you’ll love. All my patterns and tutorials are free and I have
other cape patterns that are fun and other costume patterns or just you know run of the
mill fleece hat if that’s what you’re looking for and a lot of them come with a video tutorial
just like this one. Have a great day and remember velvet is pretentious, fleece is fun.