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16 Jul 2012 - 15:3387717
Making cloaks!
I'm hoping my Dad can help me out seeing as he makes all his own viking outfits and I've never sown an outfit in my life apart from minor repairs!

I'm cosplaying Millianna and she has a cat ear shaped hood so I can't just buy one and I'd be interested in making it anyway! Gotta start somewhere!

Any advice on materials and the like would be appreciated! I've found a couple of tutorials although it's the hood I'm most concerned with!

The cloak

Thanks guys!


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16 Jul 2012 - 16:0987718
Well the best way to make cloaks is to do them like a circle skirt http://www.freewebs.com/sewfordance/circle%20skirt%20pieces.JPG to get the maximum volume in the cape. But you might need to cut it in trapezoid shaped segments dependent on the length of the cape as circle skirts are limited by the width of the fabric.

For the hood, the seams that are visible in the reference are pretty much right. A good idea would be to do a mock up in news paper or calico (cheap fabric used for drafting). Then some pins, scissors, pencil and a willing head.

As for fabrics, you could use fleece but that'll get very warm very quickly, or perhaps something like a linen if you wanted a more canvas look to the fabric. To get those ears to stay up in shape you're going to need iron on interfacing (you iron it onto the back of fabric to stiffen it, like starching shirt collars) or maybe stuff them and then sew a lining on the inside to hold the stuffing in the ears.


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16 Jul 2012 - 16:4387722
That's brilliant! Thankyou!


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18 Jul 2012 - 08:5087844
Perhaps a bit late, but I used this tutorial to make a hooded cloak pretty quickly. Like under an hour.

It's not great if you need a lot of volume, but it doesn't need much in the way of complicated sewing.


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19 Jul 2012 - 18:0287934
The tutorial looks good! I've actually made it now! With a lot of help from my Dad!

Thanks everyone for your suggestions!


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05 Aug 2012 - 17:3988798
Sorry to bump this
Apologies if this is the wrong place to ask, but I thought it better than making yet another new thread.

I'm trying to keep my work to a minimum and buying a lot of my Lady Sif elements pre-made, and need a short-ish cape in red. Is there a way of improving the look of the cheap 'velvet' Halloween-style cloaks I see on eBay by lining them or something?

Cheers.


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05 Aug 2012 - 18:5388801
Don't apologize for bumping threads! It's good to not have a new one which is about a similar thing.

I can't see why it wouldn't work, but I think you also need to add interfacing as the velvet (velour, actually but still) they use in them is really cheap and thin. The interfacing will thicken it so it hangs a lot better on you, the lining can then be used to hide sins and such :3


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05 Aug 2012 - 20:3488807
Ah-ha, makes sense, thanks I would go about making a cloak, but I'm already having a bit of a mare with the foam armour.

What sort of interfacing is there? I just ebayed for 'red interfacing' but it came up with a power module thing! I presume I'd need to use a plain interfacing material, then sew on a proper lining or somesuch?


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05 Aug 2012 - 20:4688808
Quote LewaKyser:
Ah-ha, makes sense, thanks I would go about making a cloak, but I'm already having a bit of a mare with the foam armour.

What sort of interfacing is there? I just ebayed for 'red interfacing' but it came up with a power module thing! I presume I'd need to use a plain interfacing material, then sew on a proper lining or somesuch?


Do you have a fabric shop near you? They'll be able to recommend the strength and such you need for interfacing.

Although, it only comes in black or white (I believe). Most interfacing has a side you can iron on, and the interfacing itself can take quite a hot head.

However, Velour can't really, so a tea towel between the iron and fabric would be safer.

However, if you got with a cotton lining, you can put the interface on that instead.

Saying that, I can't imagine you'll need that heavy of an interfacing. This should be heavy enough for you.

EDIT: BTW, when are you doing Sif? I'm doing Enchantress for the Sunday of October Expo, you see.


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06 Aug 2012 - 13:0388849
Quote NixieThePixie:
Quote LewaKyser:
Ah-ha, makes sense, thanks I would go about making a cloak, but I'm already having a bit of a mare with the foam armour.

What sort of interfacing is there? I just ebayed for 'red interfacing' but it came up with a power module thing! I presume I'd need to use a plain interfacing material, then sew on a proper lining or somesuch?


Do you have a fabric shop near you? They'll be able to recommend the strength and such you need for interfacing.

Although, it only comes in black or white (I believe). Most interfacing has a side you can iron on, and the interfacing itself can take quite a hot head.

However, Velour can't really, so a tea towel between the iron and fabric would be safer.

However, if you got with a cotton lining, you can put the interface on that instead.

Saying that, I can't imagine you'll need that heavy of an interfacing. This should be heavy enough for you.

EDIT: BTW, when are you doing Sif? I'm doing Enchantress for the Sunday of October Expo, you see.


I will see if any of the local fabric shops can recommend me some interfacing and look for a pre-lined cloak.

Sif will be for London Expo as well, but I'm not sure if we're doing Saturday or Sunday yet. My brother will be joining me as Thor, though his will be a pre-bought costume for the sake of the work involved!


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06 Aug 2012 - 13:1888850
Quote LewaKyser:
Quote NixieThePixie:
Quote LewaKyser:
Ah-ha, makes sense, thanks I would go about making a cloak, but I'm already having a bit of a mare with the foam armour.

What sort of interfacing is there? I just ebayed for 'red interfacing' but it came up with a power module thing! I presume I'd need to use a plain interfacing material, then sew on a proper lining or somesuch?


Do you have a fabric shop near you? They'll be able to recommend the strength and such you need for interfacing.

Although, it only comes in black or white (I believe). Most interfacing has a side you can iron on, and the interfacing itself can take quite a hot head.

However, Velour can't really, so a tea towel between the iron and fabric would be safer.

However, if you got with a cotton lining, you can put the interface on that instead.

Saying that, I can't imagine you'll need that heavy of an interfacing. This should be heavy enough for you.

EDIT: BTW, when are you doing Sif? I'm doing Enchantress for the Sunday of October Expo, you see.


I will see if any of the local fabric shops can recommend me some interfacing and look for a pre-lined cloak.

Sif will be for London Expo as well, but I'm not sure if we're doing Saturday or Sunday yet. My brother will be joining me as Thor, though his will be a pre-bought costume for the sake of the work involved!


I can understand that lol So much armoured pieces, hence why I have Lady Loki left until Ayacon. Individual pieces of her scale armour, ought to be... time consuming...

I shall just direct thee to this thread.


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