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How to Sew a Chic Cape

Jun 20, 2011
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Last winter there was one fashion found in every Parisian window: the cape. Many of the capes were long and had arm slits that went all the way to the hem, rather than a short opening at waist level. This type of opening allows your arms a full range of motion so you can hold your purse and get out your Metro ticket with ease. This cape pattern follows those fashionable Parisian trends. It’s easy enough for you to whip up today and wear out tonight!  I recommend lightweight wool or a heavy double knit for this cape. The fabric needs some weight and structure but shouldn’t be too thick. Since the cape is not lined, the best fabric is equally pretty on the wrong and right sides. The seam allowances are finished with bias tape, so the inside looks nice and tidy. Use a contrasting bias tape for extra panache. Get this sleek, Parisian-inspired look with this pattern from Christine Hanes found in Quick Stuff to Sew, Vol. 5. 

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