Normally I like to rotate the types of projects I do, but since I'm doing costumes I'll have a lot of sewing posts coming up.
I don't use patterns, so I'm talking a lot of pictures to help you understand how to do it, and tailor it to what you want. Today I'll show you how to make a cape, a full wrap around cloak type cape.
These take a LOT of fabric, so I like to visit the thrift store and buy sheets. I can get a sheet for $3 or $4. Last year I got 2 black sheets. I have used them for several things (including an indoor chalk board superhero back drop scene), Now that I have cut them up I will be keeping my eye out for more black sheets. They are GREAT.
I forgot to take pictures of cutting the capes, so I'll show you how to do it using a different sheet
First measure from the shoulder down to the ground so you know how long to make the cape
Then lay out your fabric
We are going to fold it down to a triangle so you only have to make one small cut for the entire circle.
Now fold it in half so that you see the short edges, and the long excess of the sheet is on the inside of the fold.
Measure from the tip down the triangle and mark with pins in several places the length. in this case I marked 30 inches
For the Vader cape, I cut along the red line, but for the bat girl cape, she wanted the pointed edges, so I cut along the blue line that is drawn.
Then for the neck, cut a straight line up to the center and cut a small hole for the neck. Since this was an old fitted sheet, I cut off all the elastic, and used a piece of it at the top of the cape to easily slip it on and take it off.
I just zig-zag stitched around the edges and the cape is ready to use. Nothing fancy, but a TON of fun.
This is the bat girl cape, again, I just zig-zaged the edges
And I did a loop and button instead of elastic.