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Sewing Instructions For Rain Cape

In the table are the sizes available for the rain cape patterns. Sizes are on different layers of the drawing. Close the sizes (layers) you do not need, arrange patterns for printing and print.

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89-98 cm

97-112 cm

117-132 cm

137-142 cm


66-76 cm

81-97 cm

102-117 cm

122-137 cm


94-103 cm

99-112 cm

114-127 cm

130-142 cm


The top part of the cape is double. The inner parts of the front and back tops form a lining and are made from fleece or flannel or other breathing fabric. The yoke on top is made from raincoat fabric or other watertight fabric. It is attached to the hood's neck seam and to the armscyes and is left open at hem The meaning of this construction is to secure ventilation in the garment.

If you want to make an impressive and colorful cape, cut different pieces from fabrics of different colors, plain or patterned.

Seam allowances and seams

Add 1,5 cm (5/8") wide seam allowances to the seams which are topstitched and 1 cm (3/8") wide seam allowances to other seams. Add 5 cm (2") wide seam allowances to the bottom edges of the yoke. If the fabric is raveling, finish the seams with zigzag or with serger. Topstitch the seams from the right side of the garment at a distance of the presser foot from the edge. Use 0,5-0,6 cm (1/8-1/4") stitch length. If you want to make the seams decorative, use thread of contrasting color.


Read hints of how to make drawstrings from the sewing instructions for the lingerie shoulder straps.


On the front piece there is a big patch pocket and two flap pockets. You do not need to sew both, if you don't want to.

Add 3-4 cm (1 1/2") wide seam allowance to the vertical edges of the patch pocket and 1 cm (3/8") wide seam allowances to the other edges. Iron the vertical and bottom seam allowances to the wrong side and topstitch at top for pocket mouths according to the picture. Prepare and edgestitch the pocket flaps.

Sew the patch pocket to the front piece along the vertical and the bottom edges. Sandwich pocket flaps to the bottom of the vertical seams. Leave the pocket mouths and the top edge of the patch pocket open. Sandwich the pocket top edge between the front lining and the front piece when sewing this seam.

Read sewing instructions for flap pockets in the general sewing instructions. Use window pane method and hide the pocket mouths under the flaps. When the pockets are ready, edgestitch the ends of the pocket flaps through all layers of fabric.


1. Sew the hood center piece to the hood side pieces. Topstitch the seams. Sew buttonholes to the front edges of the hood according to the marks in the patterns for drawstring openings.
2. Cut the hood peak in two copies from the garment fabric with seam allowances and one copy of cardboard or plastic without seam allowance. Sew the peaks together right side against right side. Turn the peak right side out, put the cardboard/plastic piece inside it and topstitch the front edge of the peak. Baste along the inner edge of the peak. Baste the peak to its place right side against right side.

Attaching the hood to the yoke
3. Attach the hood to the neck opening of the yoke right side against right side. If you want a neat seam, cover it with bias tape.

4. Fold the hem seam allowance of the yoke to the wrong side and topstitch from the right side of the yoke.

Attaching the hood facing to the lining
5. Sew the top seam of the hood facing right side against right side.
6. Sew the bottom edge of the hood facing to the neck opening of the front lining.
7. Fold in and baste the seam allowance of the CF-edges of the lining. Sew front and back linings to the bottom pieces of the cape. Leave space for the zipper between the CF-edges of the lining. Sew the shoulder seams of the lining.

8. Pin the front lining with the hood facing on top of the yoke with the hood right side against right side.Pin the zipper edges under the CF edges of the yoke. Sew along the CF-edges and around the hood front edge. Do not attach the CF-edges of the lining to the zipper edges of the yoke. Cut clips on the curved areas of the seam.

Turn the hood and the yoke right side out. Pin the folded CF-edges of the lining under the zipper edges of the yoke. Topstitch the hood front edge and the zipper edges. The CF-edges of the lining are sewn to the seam. Sew another line of stitches to form a casing for the drawstrings leaving the buttonholes in the middle of the casing.

Bottom edges of front and back pieces
9. Finish the bottom edges of the front and the back pieces with separate strips of fabric. Read instructions in the general sewing instructions.

10. Baste the armscye edges of the front and the back lining to the armscye edges of the yoke. Attach the sleeves to the armscyes. Topstitch seams.
11. Sew sleeve seams. Sew sleeve cuff seams. Fold them in two wrong side in and sew them to the sleeve ends right side against right side. Topstitch the seam.
12. Cut 2 pieces of elastic, each 10 cm (4") long. Sew them as loops in the sleeve cuff seam according to the picture. You can slip your thumbs in these loops to keep your sleeves from rolling up for example when you ride a bicycle. Topstitch cuff seams. Fold half of the cuffs on top of the right side of the sleeves.

13. Hit no-sew-snaps to the armpit of the cape front and back pieces according to the picture.
14. Prepare the tamps and attach them to the back piece, middle way from the snaps and the hem as in the picture. Hit no-sew-snaps to their outer ends and corresponding counter snaps to the front piece. With the tamps you can secure that the cape hem does not open in wind.

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