Nicki LaFoille

How to Sew a Hooded Cape

Nicki LaFoille
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Duration:   35  mins

A hooded cape can be a fun addition to any wardrobe and can be quick and easy to make in either child or adult size by drafting your own pattern. Nicki LaFoille shows you how to sew a hooded cape step-by-step.

How to Sew a Hooded Cape

Nicki begins by showing what the finished hooded cape looks like and talks about some of the different fabrics that can be used to make it. Depending on the fabric you choose to use, you can make the cape with a lining or keep it unlined.

Nicki then explains how to draft the hooded cape pattern. She explains what measurements are needed and how to translate those measurements onto the pattern paper. She also discusses length limitations that you might run into based on the width of the fabric you choose to make your hooded cape from.

Nicki then shows how to start sewing the cape pieces and how to attach the hood, giving construction tips along the way. Once the hooded cape has been constructed, Nicki explains how to either attach the lining or finish the seams using another finishing method. If adding the lining, Nicki shows how to attach it, turn the hood right side out, and then close the turning opening. The lined hooded cape is finished with topstitching, which Nicki gives tips on how to do.

Once the hood has been sewn, Nicki shows how to add the final touch, which is a way to close the cape. She mentions various other things that can be used to close the cape but shows how to sew on a button and elastic loop as the closure.

Once you’ve mastered how to sew a hooded cape to add to your everyday wardrobe, learn how to make a superhero cape that’s perfect for dress up or play! Also, check out more fun projects to keep you busy in your sewing room.

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