My daughter needed a fancy winter coat and there was no reason to buy one. Winter coats only get worn a few times a year by my kids and a fancy winter coat? Even less so. I thought I’d look for a used coat or perhaps sew one.
But, on a Goodwill Clearance Center (code name: “The Bins” because everything is piled into bins and sold by the pound) trip with girlfriends, I found an old, discarded dress and thought…
Why sew a winter coat when you can sew a winter cape?
This cape was made out of an old prom dress (well, I’m calling it a prom dress but it was a long-sleeve-fancy-to-the-ground dress) that I found at “the bins” where you can purchase clothing and other junk goods by the pound. The fancy dress cost less than $2 and the cape took about an hour to sew.
The top of the cape is cut from the waste of the dress. The dress tapered in at the waist. Using a rotary cutter, I removed the waistband and back seam. The back seam is what became the front of the cape.
It is polyester made to look velvet-y.
It is not lined. I just added new seams all around.
The bow is pieced together from the sleeves.
I had to sew a little bag to go with the cape. Couldn’t let those scraps go to waste! The bag is lined but the cape is not.
I love to find new uses for items no longer used for their original purpose. This was an easy project and kept another garment out of the landfill.
Important note: The dress was washed and dried FIRST, before I began cutting it up!
Do you like to re-purpose old items? Have you sewn a cape before?
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