I may be getting ahead of myself, but with a few hints of autumn mornings on the horizon lately, I’m diving into planning my fall wardrobe. There’s probably one thing that’s missing in most of our closets: a cape. We love a good cape here in the Sewciety studio and we’re obsessed with our new Yvette Cape free sewing pattern! The drape of this Thom Browne boucle gives the cape gorgeous movement that really lets her shine. Whether wearing to work, strolling through the park, or investigating the latest neighborhood mystery, Sherlock-style, our Yvette Cape is the early fall addition that we all need!
Purchase Materials Used Below:
- 3.5 yards of Thom Browne Cream, Black and Red Plaid Blended Wool Boucle Coating
- 3.5 yards of Margot White Polyester Lining
- 1 yard of Heathered Black Warp Knitting Fusible Interfacing
- 4 pcs of Italian Shiny Black 4-Hole Plastic Button – 36L/23mm
- 1 spool of 20 White 100m Gutermann Sew All Thread
- MDF326 – The Yvette Cape Coat Free Sewing Pattern (free download below!)
The seam allowance is ½” unless otherwise stated.
How to sew the outer layer:
1. Sew the front pieces to the back by sewing at the shoulders, right sides together.
2. Ease stitch the shoulder curve of the sleeve drapes.
3. Right sides together, pin the sleeve drape to the front and back pieces, lining up the notches. Ease the curve of the sleeve drape’s shoulder into the front & back shoulder pieces. Sew, taking care to leave the arm openings free. Repeat on the other side.
How to sew the collar:
The seam allowance for this section is ⅜”.
1. Attach interfacing to the collar & collar stand pieces, if needed.
2. Pin the two collar pieces right sides together and sew the ends and straight edge. Leave the curved side free. Clip the corners and trim the seams to reduce bulk. Turn right side out, then press.
3. Topstitch the three edges.
4. Align notches and pin the collar stands to each side of the collar, right sides together. Sew along the bottom edge.
5. Pinning the collar ends out of the way, sew up the ends of the collar edge.
6. Topstich the collar stand, as pictured above.
How to sew the lining:
1. Right sides together, pin and sew the front facing to the front lining. Topstitch the front facing. Repeat.
2. At the shoulders, sew the back lining to the front pieces, right sides together.
3. Ease stitch the shoulder curve of the sleeve drape linings.
4. Ease, pin, and sew the sleeve drapes to the front & back lining, leaving the arm holes free.
How to attach the lining & collar:
1. Matching notches, pin the lining to the outer, right sides together. Sew both front ends.
2. Sew the bottom edge with a 1” seam allowance. Grade the seam. Then press towards the lining.
3. Understitch the lining on the bottom.
4. Put the collar in between the two layers. Align the notches and edges, and pin the collar stand to the neckline, from end to end. The heart pins in the picture above show where the collar is pinned.
5. Grade the seam allowances and clip the corners to reduce bulk. Using any of the holes in the lining, pull the coat right side out.
6. Press the coat and topstitch the edge of the lapel, all the way down to the bottom.
How to finish the cape:
1. At the arm hole openings, fold under, press, and pin the outer and lining together. Topstitch.
2. Sew your two buttonholes onto the wearer’s left side.
3. Attach 4 buttons onto the wearer’s right side.