“Mummy’s a bat!” (AKA The Circle Cape)

Did you see the last issue of Simply Sewing? Portia Lawrie wrote a fantastic tutorial for making a circle cape, which also featured on the front cover.

Do I Need A Cape?

I loved it, but wasn’t sure whether to make it as I’m not sure how much I’d wear it. I spent much of the Sewing Stitching and Hobbycrafts show umm-ing and ahh-ing over various lovely soft plaid fabrics and then decided against buying any. Despite my reservations on how much use a cape would really get, I couldn’t get it out of my head. I ended up buying some beautiful blue wool effect fabric which was a total bargain from Abakhan.

Wool fabric close up

This is a really simple pattern as it is literally a circle, but having never even made a circle skirt before it was a new skill for me! I’m actually kicking myself that it’s so simple. One of my favourite RTW skirts is a circle skirt and I was convinced I’d never be able to make one. I’m a doofus!

Bias Bind All The Things!

I decided to bind the edges of my facings to give it a nicer finish. It obviously took longer doing this, but I’m so pleased with the finished result that I’m going to try to do this all the time! It’s so tidy, even though I really need to brush up on sewing bias binding.

Cape bias binding close up

So, I’ve never made a circle skirt before and here’s another confession, I’ve only used bias binding once. Literally. I don’t know how I’ve always managed to avoid it but I have. I guess because I tend to finish seams with a French seam I’ve never needed to use it. This cape meant that went out the window though as using bias binding to hem it went on forever. It was the most time consuming part of the whole thing, and although I think this fabric would look pretty good with a frayed edge, I wanted a more polished finish.


I can’t tell you how happy I am with this. It’s the first time I’ve sewed a woollen weight fabric and the first time I’ve used bias binding to finish the seams. It took me an entire evening, but it was worth it to have something that (I think) I’ve finished so well.

The original silver clasp I bought was easy to sew on by hand and looked nice. But when I put the cape on it broke! I can be a bit heavy handed but the clasp was a little soft. Maybe it just wasn’t the right kind of clasp for this project? I was so disappointed! Still it’s worked out for the best because then I bought a buckle online and it works so much better.

Cape close up inside

Will I wear it a lot? Probably not, especially now the weather is getting wetter, but I will wear it on (rare) nights out and I think it’ll be great in the spring and probably early autumn next year too. I just love that I’ve made something different and I’ve made it to last.

Mummy’s A Bat!

I asked my girls what they thought of the cape in all its glory. Eleanor looked bemused and Phoebe declared “Mummy’s a bat!”. I’ll take that 🙂 I haven’t managed to get any photos of me in the cape, as it’s been so miserable and dark here recently. Meh, the curse of blogging through the winter.




  1. 6th December 2015 / 9:48 pm

    This is absolutely beautiful – great fabric choice!! 🙂

    • 6th December 2015 / 10:18 pm

      Thanks Zoe! I’ve got a bit of fabric left over, I think I might make a bag with it, it’s just so lovely 🙂

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