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Little Red Riding Hood Costume

Our coy heroine wears a gingham party dress beneath her red corduroy cloak, which happens to be pretty enough to wear year-round as a dressy wrap.

Introduction

This cape should fall just below the hip. You will need red pinwale corduroy, red cotton broadcloth for lining, and 1 yard red double-fold bias tape. Make the cape with help from our basic directions.

Materials

  • Corduroy and lining
  • Pin
  • Sewing kit
  • Double-fold bias tape

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Cut a rectangle 25 inches long and at least 11 inches wide from both corduroy and lining remnants. Fold each in half crosswise as shown, and stack.

  2. Step 2

    Mark a point 10 inches from the left along the fold, and one 6 inches from the left along the bottom; draw a line from the top point to the bottom one. Pin layers together, and cut along the line (discard the remnant to the right).

  3. Step 3

    Unfold and stack so that right sides are facing; pin in place. Stitch together along the long straight edge. Turn inside out so that wrong sides are facing and seam is concealed.

  4. Step 4

    Fold in half end to end with the lining facing out; stitch along the angled edge as shown.

  5. Step 5

    Turn hood corduroy side out and open. Align the bottom edge of the hood with the neckline of the cape as shown, corduroy sides facing; pin, and baste in place. Center the strip of double-fold bias tape on the neck, and fold it over raw edges; pin, and sew it in place.

Source
Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 9 2003

Reviews (4)

  • 22 Sep, 2012

    Please add the missing pictures to make the tutorial clear. Thanks!

  • 28 Oct, 2011

    I've made this hooded cape before and it turned out super! I've even used these instructions to add hoods to some garments I've sewn because it turns out great. I guess I must have always relied on the diagrams to guide me, though, because I just can't figure out these instructions without visual help! Please add them or guide us to them.

  • 19 Oct, 2011

    It says to see the digram, but I can't find any pictorial....Please help!!!! I want to make this for Halloween....I only have a few days left.

  • 24 Nov, 2010

    I have just completed making the Red Riding Hood cape for my 6 year old niece; it turned out beautifully. I hand-stitched some and machine stitched long edges. The trickiest part for me, believe it or not, was handsewing the bias tape at the very end - the materials are stacked and thick at this point, but I managed. Am coupling this Christmas gift with a homemade RRH cape I found on Etsy for her American Girl doll.