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How to Sew a Chic Cape

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Last winter, there was one fashionable look displayed in nearly 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 that trend. It’s easy enough for you to whip up today and wear out tonight.

I recommend lightweight wool or heavy double knit for this cape. The fabric needs 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 tidy. Use a contrasting bias tape for extra panache. Get a sleek, Parisian-inspired look with this pattern from Christine Hanes, found in the Threads publication Quick Stuff to Sew, Vol. 5. Click on View PDF below for the full article and instructions.

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