The temperature was cool this morning. There is definitely something alluring about crisp air! The cooler temps—at least in the upper Midwest—brought to mind sewing for fall, something easy, something with style.

Ideal for a brisk walk, football game, or a stroll at the farmer’s market, my new cape pattern, McCall’s 6447, is suitable for a variety of fabrics. Make it speedy with fleece incorporating raw edge techniques. Or choose wool or corduroy for a more traditional look. Either way, the sewing is streamline, the end result rewarding!

Fancy a fleece version!

Traditional seams take a back seat when fleece is the fabric of choice. Rather than stitching a seam with right sides together, align the facing to the cape meeting the wrong sides. After straight stitching the edges, simply use a rotary cutter with a decorative blade to trim away the excess seam. I know you’ll be pleasantly surprised how easy it is to attach the collar to the cape using this technique.

Show off your fabric!

This cape pattern is an ideal palette to showcase beautiful fabric. Very few seams and stylized lines let the fabric “sing!” There aren’t any sleeves to set-in, the hem is topstitched, and a streamline collar make for an enjoyable sewing process—Enjoy the journey as much as the destination.

Only a few pattern pieces!

The illustrations give you a sense on the simplicity of the design. More is not necessarily better!

What fabric would you choose for a cape?

I’m always interested in knowing what fabrics others would choose for my designs. List your choice at the end of this blog. If you don’t have a Facebook account, submit your thoughts to


We’ll choose a random winner and send the winner a complimentary cape pattern, McCall’s 6447!

Thanks for joining me, bye for now!


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