For my niece’s 4th birthday I made her a red riding hood cape. Macy sat by me and drooled the entire time I made it. Only because I promised her that I would make her one next did she not complain that Emma was getting such an awesome gift. Although the gift was a surprise, I think that my sister had mentioned she wanted me to make emma a red cape one day, so I already had a little bit of direction to get started. Im not great at making clothes, I can do basic skirts and dresses. Im better at embellishing pre-made clothes but I figured a cape couldn’t be that hard. I was right, it wasn’t hard, it turned out great and I can’t wait to make Macy’s soon. (she has already picked out the colors – navy with a kelly green lining)
I ordered the fabric for this cape from Fabric.com. Its a great resource if you want to shop from your sofa and are not too worried about seeing the fabric first hand before you buy. They offer free shipping after $35 and all of their fabrics seem to be discounted (at least they seem discounted compared to NYC prices). I choose a red wool but it was the patterned lining that I had more fun looking for. I’ve been an admirer of Amy Butler fabrics for a while but I haven’t had a project in mind for them. This was the perfect time to try one out. I choose Passion Lily Cerise Pink from the Soul Blossoms collection. Which by the way, you can also get in a blue colorway wallpaper from Graham and Brown
I’m brave enough to come up with my own patterns for most projects including a cape but I decide to give the internet a whirl and see what DIY offerings were out there. I stumbled across a crafty site called FleeceFun.com that offers free printable pdf patterns. It had the perfect cape pattern all ready for me to download and a video tutorial to walk you thought how to do it! So how does a printable pattern work? When you download this pattern its about 15 pages to print out, you line them up and tape them together to have a full scale pattern ready to cut out. Although I liked the fleece fun pattern, there were a few details that it lacked for me. I wanted my entire cape lined, this pattern just shows you how to line the hood. Also I wanted Emmas cape to function more as a coat, so the edges needed to overlap not just meet. I can’t tell you how I made all that happen for me, I just did. Thats how most of my projects are, I just do it.
Isn’t it beautiful?
And isn’t she beautiful in it?
Happy Birthday Emma!
P.S. You can see my sister’s photography site here!
4 responses to “Red Riding Hood Cape”
I want one,
me too, what color combo would you pick jen?
I made the FleeceFun design and found that the hood was too bulbous at the bottom but I can’t find patterns that I like better. Did you alter the hood? Any tips?
You’re right Alex, I did alter the hood. I agree that that fullness wasnt what I was wanting so I slimmed the pattern down. Just recut the hood shape to be slimmer. I also widened the fronts to make the buttons overlap instead of just meeting.