I have long had in mind to make Mausi a wool hooded cape (in red of course) and when I saw the ‘Red-riding hood’ pattern in Liesl Gibson’s Little Things to Sew I knew I had found the cape to make! The pattern was for only 2 sizes however, and the smaller size fit up to 4 years old. Well, Mausi is a rather petite 2 year old, so I envisioned a cape to fit a 4-year old (while providing years of enjoyment) as potentially a bit cumbersome to be functional for her just yet.

For the first time ever I made a muslin version of a pattern first! I tried it on Mausi, adjusted the pattern pieces I had traced onto swedish tracing paper, and then fashioned the cape out of the most beautiful 100% wool fabric from Moda and lined the cape in a teal blue and red flower print from Lecien (the ‘Memoire a Paris’ collection).

I altered the pieces by taking 7 cm off the bottom of all pieces, trimming a little off the shoulders of the side pieces and adjusting the hood a little to fit somewhat smaller. I also moved the arm holes up by 7 cm. There wasn’t anything technical about how I adjusted the pattern pieces, I just estimated what might work best after trying the muslin on her and marking it with pen.

The heart button is one I picked up a year or so ago at a local fabric shop, and it has been sitting in my sewing box waiting for a suitable project.

I’m really pleased with how the cape turned out, although it may be a few weeks yet before Mausi is able to wear it outside for any length of time!

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