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Embroidered Wool Cape

Added Dec 5, 2010

by madebymeg

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Winter in California is a unique season. While even at night it rarely gets below freezing, unlike our cold-weather friends in the northeast it is most likely to be the same temperature inside as it is outside. With single-paned windows and heaters that work sporadically if installed at all, we suffer a very certain type of cold. Sure, it’s only 50 degrees, but that’s inside my office.

So while I will not be sewing any bulky winter coats, I was looking to make 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.

Material Notes

Fabric: embroidered wool for cape ($14/yd) and flannel for lining ($5/yd)




Garment Type
Bohemian, Classic, Preppy, Romantic
Flannel, Wool



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  • Roylaverne12_large

    Jan 28, 2017, 12.02 PMby roylaverne12

    This is wonderful

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    Jan 2, 2011, 06.43 PMby scarletohara

    beautiful!!!! I will make one for next fall!!! this is awesome!!!

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    Dec 6, 2010, 07.57 AMby zaarissima

    beautiful! (and thank you for the very good instructions!)

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    Dec 6, 2010, 05.30 AMby kelepso

    Wow! That is so pretty!

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    Dec 6, 2010, 04.03 AMby cantare

    This is gorgeous the way you got the embroidery in that line on the back! This is a great pattern.

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    Dec 5, 2010, 11.38 PMby Ricardo Abreu

    Just outstanding.

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    Dec 5, 2010, 10.45 PMby macoskrm

    I just love this. Where’d you find that fabric?

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      Dec 6, 2010, 03.22 AMby madebymeg

      i got it at a local fabric shop… i’d guess you’d have to poke around on your side of the country to see if you guys carry anything similar. the beauty was that it was cheaper than some of the other wool they were carrying!

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    Dec 5, 2010, 10.42 PMby nidhi

    what a beautiful cape!!

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    Dec 5, 2010, 09.47 PMby sweetpadee

    Adorable! I love the wool too. I have to agree with your statement about California weather… It may not be freezing all the time, but it sure is cold inside and out!

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    Dec 5, 2010, 09.21 PMby assets

    Looks good well done on the embroidery.

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