How to Easily Make a Flattering Cape Top in 7 Simple Steps

by MijoDIY
8 Materials
20 Minutes

In this DIY, I’m going to show you how to make a cape top. This is a great project to have a go at if you’re new to sewing because it is very easy and straightforward.

The finished cape top is not only super cozy but looks pretty as well. Let's get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Chalk
  • Measuring tape
  • Bias tape
  • Top/dress
  • Sewing machine
Folding the fabric

1. Fold the fabric

Start by folding the fabric in half and then folding again so that you have four layers of fabric. I’ve chosen a leopard print material, but you can go with whatever color or pattern you like.

Marking the neck hole for the cape top

2. Make the neck hole

Next, take a top or dress that fits you well, fold it in half and then place it in the corner of your folded fabric. Draw around the neck hole to mark the neck hole for the cape.

Cutting out the cape top sewing pattern

Proceed to cut the neck hole out.

Making the cape top sewing pattern

4. Measure and mark the length of the cape

Next, take a tape measure and measure 22 inches (56cm) from the neck hole, as this is how long the cape will be.

Mark 22 inches across the whole fabric, and you will end up with a semi-circle shape. Once you have marked this, proceed to cut it out.

Shaping the neck hole of the DIY cape top

4. Shape the neck hole

The next step is to unfold the cape once so that you are left with it just folded in half. Ensure that it is centered with the midpoint running down the center front and back.

Now you can give the neck the shape you want and cut it more so that it is wider or more of a V shape - whatever you like.

Once done, open the cape up fully and then turn it right side out.

Marking the armholes

5. Mark the armholes 

Place a top or dress on top of the cape and line the two necklines up. Then mark 2 inches (5cm) across from the bottom of the armhole on either side.

Pinning the DIY cape top

6. Mark a line and pin

Draw a line going from the point that you just marked down to the edge of the fabric and proceed to pin along this line.

How to sew a cape top

7. Pin and sew the bias tape

Next, pin your bias tape all along the circumference of the cape as well as the neck hole.

Once you have it pinned down, proceed to sew down. You also want to sew along the lines that you pinned down, as they will be armholes for your cape.

How to make a cape top

How to make a cape top

Here we have our finished DIY cape. It is cozy to wear, and I love the way it looks. I particularly like how the black border complements the black in the leopard print pattern.

This DIY is so easy and quick to do and definitely worth having a go at. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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  • Scissors
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  • Von Von on Feb 12, 2022

    I wasn't going to look, but I am so glad I did, the black bias binding makes it look very smart, as you say. It definitely makes it pop by bringing the black in the background out more ( and I don't like leopard print) but this looks great.🇦🇺