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Sew cape with 2 layers of fleece?
Nancy Mac

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Date: 12/9/09 8:40 AM

I am making a Fleece cape for my grandaughter to wear over her Christmas dress. Because it's getting cold, I was wondering if I could make the cape twice and sew together for added warmth. Then all the seams would be inside. I could pull it through the neck opening prior to attaching the collar. Do you think it would wear OK?
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In reply to Nancy Mac

Date: 12/9/09 9:04 AM

Depending on the pattern I don't know why not. I made this snuglet with a double layer of fleece. This was a very easy and basic pattern to follow. I made to identical snuglets, stitched them right sides together leaving part of the side seam open for turning inside out (right sides out). Then topstitched around the entire snuglet closing the opening left for turning. I hemmed the sleeves together and tacked the armholes at the top and bottom of the sleeves so they wouldn't shift or twist. So yes I think your idea is doable!
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Date: 12/9/09 9:29 AM

If she will be wearing it outdoors you may want to line the inside with a different material instead. I've found fleece can be quite cold outside if unlined as the wind seems to blow through it.
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Date: 12/9/09 9:31 AM

Tishie - Cute snuglet!. Yours seems to be nice and plush. The pattern is an easy one, so I think that I will try it. Thanks for the encouragement! ~ Nancy ~
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Date: 12/9/09 9:33 AM

that seems like good advice, perhaps a nice, cozy flannel? It you cut the flannel (or whatever you use) about a quarter of an inch smaller, all the way around, when you sew the halves together, the outer edge will roll a tiny bit inwards (that 1/4 inch), so no or less liningshowing from the outside

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Nancy Mac

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Date: 12/9/09 9:33 AM

RJFoote - What do you suggest for a lining? It will be worn outside. Would you still put two layers of Fleece? Or just the lining?
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Date: 12/9/09 9:35 AM

I'm not sure if flannel would be wind resistant?

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Date: 12/9/09 10:16 AM

So what other faric would work as wind resistant and warm lining.. I would like to know as well.

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Date: 12/9/09 10:52 AM

With the caveat that I haven't actually done this yet, here's my proposal:

Still use the double layers of fleece, but sandwich in between them some ripstop nylon or a specialty coat lining. If you want to make the cape from stash, anything that's very tightly woven...maybe a microfiber... and since it won't be seen, you could use up some of the "what was I thinking" purchases.

Good luck, and please let us know what you decide to do and how well it works. I've got some similar projects in mind and would appreciate your experience.

Marguerite

PS you will make the cape quite long, right? A capelet, no matter how it's lined, will be awfully cold outside. I've got a fake fur coat that's almost ankle length, and it's by far the warmest coat I've got in part because it's so long that even my legs are protected.
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Date: 12/9/09 11:18 AM

I sewed a double-layer (reversible) fleece coat for my daughter and, frankly, I'll never do it again unless we move to Alaska. She can only wear it in temps below 10 degrees F or so. Otherwise, she just roasts in it. It's far warmer than her down coat and has no lining or interfacing whatever. The wind does not blow through it. Then again, it is dense, high quality polar fleece. Not all fleece is the same. Let us know how your project turns out.

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