Capes or cloaks are amazing!
They can be formal and classy, they can be rugged and not much more than a poncho.
They are easy to make and make a statement--
Great for costumes, fancy dresses or keeping warm!

We've been watching 'Once Upon a Time'...any other mildly obsessed fans out there?
When we first met Belle, we loved her!
We love her awesome accent too!

Step 1: Tangent about Belle...

Belle decides to travel to the village...and this is what she wears.
At this moment of the show...I froze.
I paused the show.
I ran to my craft room and dug through my old material...identical!
I had purchased this fabric at a yard sale years ago for around $1.
It's a thick, almost upholstery material with some glimmer.

I knew it was destiny!
I was to have my own Belle cape!

This tutorial is how to make a hooded cape, you can do it with whatever fabric you like,
but I will spotlight the Belle cape, because the fabric match was just too perfect.
<p>I'm currently obsessed with Once Upon a Time and am making a Snow White when she was a runaway in the Enchanted Forest inspired costume. I'll be using your tutorial for my cape!</p>
I loved the once upon a time red riding hood cape and that is going to be one of my firsts :)
<p>Thank you so much for the easy to follow directions! My daughter LOVES her cloak! </p>
<p>I was wondering if you could post the measurements of all the pattern pieces for your red cape? Thank you!</p>
I'm going to make one for everyday use and one for my Harry Potter costume:)
Is there a way that you can make me one and I could pay you for it? I would love that!!
<p>Thank you for the pattern. I made this with drapery fabric and lined it to hide the seams, so it's reversible. My daughter loves it, and now I want one too. :)</p>
<p>Traveling cloak, Here I come! I've been looking for something like this for a while... THANK YOU</p>
<p>THIS!!! This is exactly what I was looking for!!! oh thank you for posting. You're wonderful!!!</p>
<p>Do you know where I could find this fabric? </p>
Really easy and fun to make. Utilized your pattern twice to make a lined cloak. Used micro velvet and crepe satin. It's a surprise for my sister-in-law for her wedding.
I watch Once Upon a Time too!!!!
<p>I have this cape, I had it made yrs ago and it is beautiful. I live in Georgia and it never gets cold enough to wear it.. it is so beutiful Im looking for a pattern to make one. Someone gave me 7 bolts of wool fabric I can not let it just sit there. Im going to find someone that lives where it snows and give them a nice gift. I do not understand how to get patterns from this site. If anyone can help please let me know. my email is Uqtipie@aol.com</p>
OMG u like once upon a time so do I. I love it :-)
I have 3 yards of fabric for this cape but i am terrified of cutting it wrong, would you be able to recall measurements by chance. Ive jist started sewing patterns and I'd love take this for Halloween
<p>I have a question about the hood. from the pattern, it looks like the opening for your face is along the folded edge. Did you cut the folded edge before or after sewing the back of the hood. I am sort of confused on this part.</p>
<p>The face opening is on an open edge...the top of the hood that goes over your skull and down the back of your neck is the folded edge. Sorry the pictures for attaching the hood to the cape are lacking!</p>
<p>Please, please rectify the missing picture problem by just saying what edge to attach to the cape!! I had to cut two hoods, I attached the wrong end to the cape, and finally just sewed one of the hoods on in a way that made it sort of work. The hood also needs more precise dimensions to fall correctly.</p>
<p>I love this idea, these are so beautiful. I'm thinking about making myself one with two layers of crushed velvet. But I had a question. How tall are you and your daughter? I'm 5'4&quot; and if you're more of an average height (5'7&quot; or so?), I would need less fabric. Thank you and again I love these cloaks.</p>
Hi AmandaB2,<br>I'm 5'2&quot; and my daughter is probably 4 inches shorter. A phenomenal robe has lots of yards of material...Darth Maul had over 50 yards in his costume! :) 2 layers of crushed velvet would be glorious! :) Take pictures and post one when you make it!
this is my short version :) its just below shoulder blades at back with giant hood to accomodate Judi's dreads
<p>This is awesome! </p>
<p>I really don't understand what part of the hood is supposed to attach to the rest of the cape...</p>
<p>The top of the hood that goes over <br> your skull and down the back of your neck is the folded edge...you sew from the back of the neck up to the rounded or pointy end. This seam is &quot;hidden&quot; by the bulk of the hood. That edge with the vertical seam then is sewn onto the cape...and your face has a big opening that just needs to be hemmed. Sorry <br>the pictures for attaching the hood to the cape are lacking!</p>
<p>Ive been wanting a red round hood cloak but unfortunately, I dont have a sewing machine. Is there any way I can purchase cloaks from you? That would be so awesome and a dream come true </p>
<p>made a short version of this after being asked to make cape for friend. she wants a variation but I love mine!</p>
<p>It's fabulous! Nice work and beautiful flowers...you need to do an instructable on those! :)</p>
Sooo cute! love the red one, it looks awesome on you!
Thanks! :) I love it, I actually styled it after Morgana from the merlin series, but didn't want to over do the instructable with my tv obsessions. :)
<p>you can never overdo an instrucable with referances.</p>
<p>you can never overdo an instrucable with referances.</p>
<p>Is there any possible way you can go into more detail about how you did the hood? I always have trouble with that part.</p>
<p>OMG cant belive it was belle's cape!!!!!! LOVE ONCE UPON A TIME!!!!! &lt;3</p>
I have one thing to say... GORGEOUS!!!!
<p>Wow, you found almost the same brocade in the film! Nice!</p>
Great ible! Treasurecast.com has some cool pewter cloak clasps if anybody is wondering where to get them at fair price.
<p>Awesome website, it even has the Rumpelstiltskin clasp! Thanks! :)</p>
If anyone can help me, I am blind (my reader may be just missing it) I would love this cloak for so many reasons, Is there a way I can email this to my friend so she can see if she can make it for me? Thank you!
You can download the instructable as a PDF and email it to her <br> <br>http://www.instructables.com/id/Gorgeous-and-Warm-Hooded-Capes/?download=pdf <br> <br>or just email her a link to this page <br>http://www.instructables.com/id/Gorgeous-and-Warm-Hooded-Capes/
Over 30 years ago, when I was an undergrad and just getting into the Society for Creative Anachronism (medieval/renaissance historical-reenactment group www.http://sca.org -- lots of fun if you like things like &quot;Once Upon A TIme&quot;!), I made a cloak sorta like this... First SCA costume I made. I still have it. If you plan on wearing one outside a lot, in harsh weather, go for 100% wool, and &quot;felt&quot; it by laundering before you sew. (Actually, launder ALL your fabric before you sew, unless you plan to spend the $$ for dry-cleaning forever after!) Wash on a normal cycle, and toss in a white rag or scrap. (This way, you'll see if the color &quot;bleeds&quot; and will stain other clothes washed with it.) Then tumble dry on medium heat. This will pre-shrink the wool and cause it to &quot;felt&quot; together, making it more water-resistant.
Most kewl!
Thanks! :)
Beautiful! Many years ago back in the late 80's I made a cape out of a red wool blend fabric. I still wear it on occasion all these years later. I like your clasp better than the frog I'm using. I'll have to look into a better clasp like the one you have. I voted for you!:)
Awesome, I bet that is so warm! We made a jedi style robe out of old army wool blankets, and that thing is warm! Perfect for cold Halloweens. I need to make a warm cape for everyday wear, that red wool sounds perfect! :) Thank you!
oh wow! this looks amazing, and so simple too! I may try adding a contrasting lining to one. I needed a black and blue cape for a costume I want to put together.
Yes to contrasting! I'm dying to do a black with red lining...so vampiric! Great idea, thanks!
Thank you! I am in a wheel chair and find antique capes perfect, however they are hard to find and some should not be worn in snow and rain. Your capes are just what I need, hopefully my best friend will be able to make a few for me!!! I already have my antique clasps and fabric picked out from our inventory. We have a turn of the century dress form in our antique shop for displays, it is our number one item asked about, but we will never sell it, good luck on purchasing one!!!!!!
Ooh, sounds like you are a collector of amazing things! I'd love to have a look around your shop! :)

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