Introduction: Make a Velvet Capelet
What you will need:
Needle and thread
Step 1: Fold the Velvet
To begin, you need to fold your fabric into quarters
Fold it once in half and again so that you are working on the quarter pieces.
Then find the corner of fabric where all of the folds are - or where there are no loose or open ends.
This is where you will work from
Step 2: Measure Your Neck
Before you start cutting, you need to get the radius measurement first
Start off by measuring around your neck. I got 32cm
Then divide that number in half- which came to 16cm
Finally divide it by pi or 3.14 which gave me 5cm
This is the radius for the neckline
Step 3: Draw Out the Radius
In my images, I used a highlighter because I did not have chalk, but I would recommend using chalk because the pen messed up my measurements a little.
At this point, measure out a length of string that is a bit longer than your radius - in my case 5cm.
The excess string will need to tie around the chalk, so once you have tied it off, ensure that the remaining length is still the correct size.
The go to the corner I mentioned previously where there are no free or loose ends of fabric.
Put the string on the very tip of that corner and hold it down
The chalk should be on the other side of the string
Then carefully draw out a semi-circle with the chalk into the fabric
Step 4: Cut the Top Off
Once you have your radius measured and drawn out (double and triple check to make sure everything is right)
You can cut out the line you drew
It should leave the fabric looking like the above photo
Step 5: Measure Your Length
How long you want this cape to be is entirely up to you
My fabric only allowed that mine could be about 45cm long which was ideal because I already have two floor length capes.
You decide how long or short you want it to be, fabric permitting
Step 6: Measure and Draw the Length
Now, using the same method as for the neck radius, cut off a length of string that is a little longer than what you want your capelet to be
Attach the string to chalk and then once more, draw a semi-circle that crosses the fabric
Double check it is right
Step 7: Cut Out the Fabric
Cut out the line you have drawn
You should have a full poncho by now if you open it up
Step 8: Repeat the Steps
Repeat all of these steps with the satin
A word of warning - be very very careful and precise with your measurements here
Mine were inaccurate and I ended up with too little satin that was entirely mismatched.
So fold it carefully, measure out the radius and length perfectly and cut it out to match
Step 9: Cut Open the Front
Now because you don't want a poncho, you are going to have to cut the cape open
Cut one line down only the front of the fabric
Then pin it back to the size you want it, depending on how much you want to show
I suggest you try it on a few times to be sure that it fits nicely
Do the same with the satin
Pin back however much you need to
Step 10: Cut and Pin for the Final Time
Then you can cut off the excess fabric from the front - again on both the velvet and satin
Once it is the correct size and everything is perfect, you can go ahead and pin the fabric so that you can sew the hem in
At this pint, I suggest laying the satin in so that you can sew them together.
Remember the velvet needs to be inside out with the textured part lying down
Then add the satin, the right way round - with the shiny part facing up.
Carefully pin the two together making a hem that will prevent fraying as well as keep the two pieces of fabric together
As I said, my measurements were wrong and I didn't have more satin, so I had to cut my satin into two pieces and opted to hand tack them to the inside of the velvet
Step 11: Sew
Using the machine, carefully sew your pieces together
Go as slowly as you need to
Step 12: Add a Brooch and Wear It!
Finally, once your sewing is done, find a brooch or clasp of sorts.
Add this to the front, top corners of the cape and pin it closed
For a full tutorial on how I made this, check out my video below