Make the Cape: Hello Sewalongers!

Fairy Tale Cape by thisblogisnotforyou.comHello my fabulous sewalongers! My Fairy Tale Cape pattern was released over a month ago and it is about time to host a sewalong! I’m absolutely over the moon about how many of you downloaded the pattern – it’s even #1 in the Top To Sew category on AllFreeSewing. ย Thank you guys, you are the best!

The pattern comes with detailed instructions and illustrations, so this sewalong will focus on how to make variations of the cape, such as:

  • drafting and adding a Peter Pan collar
  • adding armholes/armslits
  • adding a full lining

…and other useful tips for designing and sewing your very own cape!

Fairy Tale Cape pattern by

Here’s my varation of the Fairy Tale Cape:Fairy Tale Cape by thisblogisnotforyou.comVery sherlock-y, isn’t it? And it was raining here in Londontown, that’s why I’m wearing gumboots. (That was last week – now the weather is just perfect and sunny and I could wear my Elisalex at the NYlon blogger meet up last saturday!)Fairy Tale Cape by thisblogisnotforyou.comI kept the length of the cape, but decided to swap the hood for a cute Peter Pan collar! Instead of 10 buttons, I only added 6 this time plus two hidden snaps.Fairy Tale Cape by thisblogisnotforyou.comMy cape has armslits and a full lining. It’s made to be worn outdoors and will come in handy now that the weather is getting warmer everyday – byebye coat!Fairy Tale Cape by thisblogisnotforyou.comThe fabric is soft, lightweight linen I bought at Saeed’s Fabrics in Walthamstow. It is lined with soft lime-coloured cotton.
Fairy Tale Cape by

Are you sewing along? If you are, let me know!

There will be a link party at the end of this sewalong were you can link up your fabulous capes!

The next part of the sewalong will be coming this week and covers:

Printing & Assembling the Pattern // Choosing Design Variations & Fabric

In the meantime, go get your pattern if you haven’t done so yet! x

Happy sewing!

Stay in touch!

15 thoughts on “Make the Cape: Hello Sewalongers!

    1. It’s was crazy at NYLon – I saw so many familiar faces, but I’m terrible with names – a lot of awkward situations. But it was great meeting everyone in ‘real life’ ๐Ÿ™‚ You should really get the pattern, it’s just back in stock!

  1. You cape variation is so cute, I love the Peter Pan collar and the plaid fabric. I have some plaid wool in my stash that would have been perfect for this by I only have a meter.

    1. Thank you, Camilla! A meter won’t be enough, unfortunately. But I agree, plaid wool would be perfect for this!

    1. Great to hear you like it! You can join in later – I’ll link to the sewalong postsvia the pattern page when it’s ended!

  2. Hi, I love the cape and needed a pattern for a short hooded cape for the bridal party. Will u be posting the information on lining the cape and hood.? I will be making them out of crushed penne, which is a type of thinner stretch Velvet.
    Thanks for sharing you wonderful work – happy sewing to you too!!!!

    1. Hi Lorraine! Glad you like the pattern! I will be posting a full tutorial on lining the cape this week! I won’t have picture on how to line the hood, but I will explain how to do it – it’s pretty straight-forward! x

      1. Thank you, I look forward to it. I have finished lining the cape and am working on the hood now. I will post some pictures when I have finished. BTW the material is like sewing butter, it slips and slides all over the place. I needed to pin ever centemeter so the edges remained relatively close, not easy with such a large hem line. Cheers

        1. Great! As for the hood, you simply sew together the two hoods, one in the main fabric, the other one in the lining fabric. You sew them together at the front opening (right sides together) leaving the neckline opening as it is. Turn inside out and continue to attach the hood to the lined cape. You can also baste the hood lining to the hood fabric at the neckline, so layers don’t shift. I would sew on the hood to the main cape fabric (right sides together), press the seam allowance down inside the cape and sew the lining at the neckline by hand. Does that make sense?
          Regarding the slipping and sliding – I know it takes ages, but basting the layers together with very long hand stitches is probably still faster than pinning and taking out all the pins when you sew.

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