Opera Collar Halloween Cape

Opera Collar Halloween Cape

Crafting Time:
  • 1-2 Hours
Skill Level:
  • Intermediate
Project Courtesy of: Aesthetic Nest
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Additional Information



  • 2 yds black satin charmeuse
  • 2 yds patterned satin charmeuse for lining
  • 2 yds 1-1/2” double-faced satin ribbon
  • Sewing machine
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Iron & pressing surface
  • Chalk or fabric marker
  • Optional: Darice® Feather Mask embellished with additional feathers and self-stick rhinestones.


1. Cut the black satin and lining fabrics so they measure 72”x38”. (The longest dimension is the width of the cape.)
2. Stack the two pieces of fabric right sides together and pin all the way around.
3. Before stitching these together, measure down 8" from the top on both sides of the cape and mark a 2” section to leave open for the ribbon casing. Put extra pins here. Also mark a 3” section along the hem side to leave open for turning right side out.
4. Stitch all the way around the cape using a 1/2" seam allowance BUT baste across the 2" sections for the ribbon casing will be and 3" section for turning the cape.
5. Clip the corners and turn the cape right side out.
6. Press the cape well so the seams are flat and the raw edges at the 3" opening are turned in neatly. Pin all the way around to hold the pressing in place.
7. Top stitch around the cape with a 1/2” seam allowance, stopping and starting at the basting where the casing will be.
8. Using tailor's chalk, or a fabric marker, draw two parallel lines to mark the stitching lines for the ribbon casing. To do this, measure 8" down from the top of the cape, draw a straight line at the 8" marks and then draw a parallel line 2" below the first. Pin this area to keep the fabric from shifting while stitching.
9. Stitch along the drawn lines to form the ribbon casing.
10. Pick out the basting stitches at the ends of the casing to open it. Using a large safety pin, thread the satin ribbon through the casing.
11. Trim the ends of the ribbon at an angle to prevent fraying.
12. Center the ribbon in the casing by pulling it so there are equal lengths extending at either end of the casing. Stitch down the center of the ribbon casing, catching the ribbon so it's held in place to prevent it from being pulled out of the casing.