OSF Hooded Fleece Cape

IMG_0682Thanks to all of you who came out to our recent sale—it’s always such a pleasure so see y’all and hear about all the amazing projects you are working on. A number of you asked about the Hooded Fleece Cape sample that was made for display on the fleece table. I’m including here images of the pattern I used and hope you find it helpful.

pic_fleece backed knit for hooded capeThe fabric is a knit-backed fleece which had good stability but nice and soft to the touch. The fleece layer is a medium/dark gray and the knit side is a dark warm green.

I chose to put the fleece on the outside of the cape but it would look lovely with the green knit on the outside—with cozy fleece next to your skin.

IMG_0701The pattern was one that I picked up in the OSF Shop, See & Sew #B4266. I hadn’t used this brand of pattern before but I IMG_0703found it easy to work with and instructions were clear.  The pattern says to open the fabric out and cut multiples of the front and back on single thickness but, with a slight adjustment to the width of the pattern pieces, I was able to cut the pieces on the double.  It also helped that the fabric was super-wide.

For the hood lining, I used a piece of light weight red wool (from my remnant basket) which added body and colour to the hood. I chose to hand stitch the lining to the neck edge as I find I have more control with my trusty needle and end up with fewer crooked edges.

The little button tab was a last minute add on as I wanted little pop of red to compliment the hood lining. Sewed two small rectangles together, stitched in the shape of an arrow, trimmed close to the stitching, turned out and added a button hole. The tab was slip-stitched in place at the neck edge.

For the hem, I simply serged the edge—my serger had just been serviced and the stitch width and tension were just right to give a clean finish to the bottom.

This pattern went together very quickly and the cape was fun to make. I’ll use it again, for sure—hmmm, maybe a witches cape is in the future…

Cheers, and happy sewing,

Carol, Our Social Fabric