It’s fall, so we need to keep our little dolls warm. A coat is easy enough to make, but capes are usually even easier!
You’ll notice, that in the image of Simplicity 8466 above, there’s an adorable cape pattern for fashion dolls. It’s short (hip-length), made of bright blue fabric, and appears to have a red ribbon for its trim.
But if you’re looking for more of a floor-length medieval-style cape, I recommend vintage Simplicity 8281. Both of these capes are fine for beginners.
What I like about them both is the fact that they tie at the neck, using a ribbon. So simple!
Then we have the McCall’s 6420 cape (below), which has tiny slits for your fashion doll’s hands to poke through. That’s a little trickier to make, but I still say, even with that alteration, this cape is relatively easy to make.
Another cape that can be a bit challenging is the one below.
As you can see on the McCall’s Crafts 4400 doll clothes pattern, there’s a hood, but honestly, hoods aren’t that tricky to make. The tricky part is getting it to drape over the shoulder, as shown on the cover art. The smaller the doll is, the less the clothes will drape like that.
Of course it helps to use jersey fabric instead of heavy cotton, but it’s still difficult sometimes to find a jersey fabric that’s lightweight enough for your dolls.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention McCall’s 3429, which appears below:
As you can see, View F offers a short, Red Riding Hood-style cape. unfortunately, this cape pattern is missing in my pattern envelope, which I bought at a discounted price in a collection of bits-and-pieces patterns.
So I don’t have much to say about this particular pattern, except that it looks doggone cute!
Now of course I have a free cape pattern, here on ChellyWood.com, and you can find my hooded cape pattern and tutorial when you visit my historical costume and cosplay page. It looks like this:
A few of my older patterns have not yet been converted to PDFs; they’re still only available as JPG images that you can download and print that way.
But a while back I converted this cloak pattern to a PDF, for easier downloading and printing. It fits both Ken and Barbie, but I have not yet added it to the Ken cosplay costume gallery. Maybe I’ll get that done this week.
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