So while I will not be sewing any bulky winter coats, I was looking to making something that was warm, light and stylish--perfect for brisk mornings and typing at my computer. Made of embroidered wool with a flannel lining, it is warm and cozy enough that I am tempted to just curl up inside it until Spring. That said, the floral embroidery could cary this piece into summer, where temperatures are also about 50 degrees.
The cape is made from an out-of-print McCall's pattern, which is still available on their website. They also sell an updated version, which has a second collar option. The instructions for both, however are for unlined capes, which misses all of the possibilities of a beautiful contrast lining, not to mention replacing scratchy wool with a soft flannel for added warmth. Like Pam in Virginia, I decided to line mine and provide you with all the written instructions.
Cut the following:
Back from wool and lining
Front from wool and lining
Facing, as directed, from wool
Collar, one piece each from wool and lining
Belt from wool
Belt loop from wool
Step 1: Facing
With right sides facing up, place the facing on top of the lining at the front center (the side of the facing with the interfacing should be facing down).
Sew lining together at sides. Seperately, sew the cape together at sides. (Remeber the darts!)
Sew the back belt loop to the cape.
With right sides together, pin cape to lining along the bottom and front openings. Sew. Trim or serge edge.
Turn garment right side out.
Reach in through the top opening and grab a set of corresponding side seams (one seam each from the lining and cape). Pulling them through the opening, pin them one on top of the other. Make sure that everything matches up and will lay flat when you turn right side out. Sew the seams together. Repeat for remaining side seams. Trim or serge edges.
Still right side out, edge stitch along the front openings and bottom of garment.
Baste raw edges together at neck. Trim or serge edge.
Step 8: CollarRight sides together, sew collar to collar lining along the top and the sides, leaving the bottom open.Turn right side out. Edge stitch along stitched edges, leaving about 1/2" open at the ends. Trim or serge edge.
Step 9: Attach collar
Right sides together, pin neck opening to collar only, leaving collar lining free. Sew at 3/8" seam allowance.
Step 10: Sew lining
Fold raw edge of collar lining under 3/8". Pin to cape lining so that it covers the last stitch line, folding the raw edge 5/8" under. Turn to right side and "stitch in the ditch" along the seam connecting the collar to the cape.
Using pattern guide for buttonholes, mark buttonhole location on right side of opening and buttons on left side. Make buttonholes and sew on buttons.
Mark belt holes in cape and sew them with a satin stitch so it looks like an oversized buttonhole. Make belt according to instructions--I edge stitched mine all the way around.