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Pattern Favourites: Capes


Capes are perfect for transitioning from cold winter days to warmer spring days. Now that winter is on its way out, it’s a great time to start planning and making your own cape! We’ve gathered some pretty cape patterns for you, from easy to make to fully lined, and from simple and stylish to military cool.

We hope you see something you like, and if you do, just click on the photo for more photos and details about the pattern. Please don’t forget to share your latest makes with us on social media using the hashtags #simplicitybyme or #mccallsbyme.


Pattern: McCall’s 8029.

This trendy cape pattern from McCall’s is very easy to sew as it is unlined, and all the edges are left unfinished and edge-stitched. It features a belt to cinch it in at your waist, and you can choose to add an oversized hood to protect you from the elements.

Pattern: Simplicity 8473.

This cape is released as part of the Simplicity Pattern Hacking collection. These patterns are designed to put the creativity in your hands. Starting from basic shapes, use this pattern and its instructions to create a unique piece and  something you will wear over and over again because it’s completely designed by you, for you.

Pattern: McCall’s 7477.

The super fun flounce down the middle of this cape makes it bang on trend for 2020. The cape is fully lined and the pattern comes with 5 different style variations and length options, so if this design isn’t for you, have a look at the other options!

Pattern: New Look 6535.

These simple and sophisticated cape designs are timeless and perfect to show off a big print or a checked fabric. You can choose from 4 different lengths so you can make it work for your own wardrobe.

Pattern: Butterick 6603.

We would like an exact copy of this stunning cape! It is fully lined, has front and back darts, it is sleeveless and it closes with buttons down the front. Choose to add the collar, a hidden button placket and you can add beautiful little ruffles to the hem.

Pattern: Simplicity 8263.

This detachable fake fur collar looks fantastic and it will do a great job at keeping you cosy! This pattern includes 4 different styles including a cape with four pockets, a cape with button front and stand up collar and a cape with a (detachable fur) collar, closure at the neckline and a low hem.

Pattern: Vogue 9288.

Make a statement with this amazing cape from Vogue patterns! The front button closures are definitely the main event, although, the volume of the cape, the pockets, and the self belt just finish this design beautifully.

Pattern:Burda Style 6256.

A cape/ poncho that is incredibly easy to make and will keep you nice and toasty, what more could you wish for?! This pattern is designed for stable knit fabrics and it’s easy to sew up because it’s simply a long panel of fabric, sewn up on one side. The optional collar adds an interesting detail.

Pattern: Simplicity 6396.

This military style cape is the stylish statement piece your wardrobe is looking for! The pattern includes this style, but it also includes lots of options to make the cape fit your style and wardrobe.

Pattern: Kwik Sew 4224.

Looking to add a simple and classic cape to your handmade wardrobe? Then this design by Kwik Sew might be something for you. Choose from the above design which has a round neckline and button tab closure or go for the angled front which extends into a collar.

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