A winter wedding complete with sparkling snow is a beautiful event, but it may be hard to stay toasty in your sexy wedding gown. The solution is a hooded bridal cape, which can be quite expensive unless you make it yourself. With a few simple materials, a sewing machine and some basic sewing skills, you can whip up a gorgeous cape you will be proud to wear. The cape can be basic, or you can add embellishments that match your gown. This pattern makes a mid-length cape. For a longer cape, simply purchase more yardage.
Turn over a 1/4-inch hem around the two long sides and one short side of the fabric and tack in place with straight pins. Use a straight stitch on the sewing machine to baste the hem. Turn again to create a 1/2-inch finish hem, pinning and sewing with the machine to secure.
Iron the 60-inch strip to remove any wrinkles or folds. Fold in all four of the edges 1/4 inch and iron down. It is helpful to use spray starch on this step to keep edges ironed down tight, or to utilise the steam setting on the iron. This strip of fabric will be used to form a casing.
Lay the cape fabric out on a flat surface wrong side up. Make a reference line on the fabric by measuring 18 inches down from the top (raw) edge all the way across the cape fabric and marking it with straight pins at 12-inch intervals. Lay the casing strip across the fabric and pin in place using the reference line as a guide. Use a straight stitch on the sewing machine to sew down the top and bottom edge of the casing, attaching it to the cape fabric.
Fold the cape fabric in half, right sides together with the raw edge facing the top. Pin the raw edge together. Using a straight stitch on the sewing machine, sew across the raw edge to create a 1/2-inch seam, creating the top of the hood.
Thread the cord or satin ribbon through the end of a closed diaper pin and tie securely. Use the diaper pin as a guide to thread the cord or ribbon through the casing, gathering the hood base evenly as you go. Finish off the cord or ribbon ends by knotting or adding a decorative embellishment.
Use a needle and thread to attach the marabou trim around the edge of the hood. If preferred, additional marabou trim can be purchased and attached around the edge of the entire cape, giving it a fancier look.
Things you need
- 3 yards medium- to heavyweight fabric, 60 inches wide
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine
- Matching thread
- 1 strip of white cotton fabric, 2 by 60 inches
- Spray starch (optional)
- Tape measure
- 1 yard silk cord or satin ribbon
- Diaper pin
- Hand sewing needle
- 1 yard marabou trim