So I woke up one day and decided that I needed a cape. But not just any cape, my cape had to be stylish, easy to wear and most importantly easy to make. I went to my local sewing shop and found NEWLOOK pattern 6324 (see below picture). Then I took a trip to Liverpool market, London, to buy some Ankara fabric (for those of you who don’t know what Ankara is, it’s a 100% cotton fabric that is popular among West Africans). I had to control myself at the market because the fabrics are sooooo beautiful and I was tempted to buy more than I could afford.
I used pattern D to make this cape, but added 5 inches to the bottom edge of the pattern and omitted the collar.
After top stitching all around the edges, I sewed on a hook and eye to ensure the cape stayed fastened at the top when worn. I then found these cool cloak fasteners from Amazon (click here) which completed the look.
Whilst I was making my cape, my friend asked me, “What are you doing?”, and I said, “Sewing a cape”. Then she asked me, “Why?”, and I said, “So that I can fly!”. I mean why else does one need a cape! LOL.
Disclaimer – please don’t make a cape and jump off a building then say that MSA told you to. Just look ‘fly’ in your cape. OK?
This cape is one of my favourite handmade pieces in my wardrobe and I think I will be rockin’ it for sometime to come.
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