Batman's sidekick Robin has had many styles of capes over the years. Usually they have been yellow, or at least been trimmed in yellow. Many of the later versions have had a black collar and a black over-cape. The cape how-to detailed here has a black stand-up collar that fastens in the front and a short, full black over-cape. Velour is a great fabric for capes; it is heavy enough to hang, soft enough to gracefully move and you do not have to hem the edges.
Things You'll Need
- Tape measure
- 1/2-yard black velour
- Swing machine
- Black thread
- Safety pin
- 2-yards yellow velour
- Hook and eye
Measure your neck and add 1 1/2 inch to this measurement. Cut a rectangle of black velour this long and 5 inches wide.
Fold the fabric in half lengthwise with the right sides together. Sew a straight seam with a 1/2-inch seam allowance along both of the short ends. Clip the corners of the seam allowance that are next to the fold and turn the fabric right-side out. This is your collar.
Spread 1 yard of black velour out on a large surface. Cut an 18-inch length of string and pin it to the center of one of the long edges of the fabric. Use the string as a compass by pulling it from one edge of the fabric down toward the opposite side of the fabric, and back up to the original edge on the opposite side of the pin, tracing a half circle. Cut along the curve end of the string traces. Be sure to hold the string tight as you pull it around.
Sew two rows of basting stitches along the straight edge of the half circle. Use a straight stitch and a long stitch length.
Pull up the bobbin threads to gather the straight edge of the cape to equal the length of the collar. Pin the gathered edge to the raw edge of the collar with the right side of the cape against the collar. Adjust the gathers evenly.
Sew the cape to the collar with a straight stitch and a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Be sure to catch both layers of the collar in the seam.
Measure from your neck to your knees and cut a rectangle of yellow velour this length and 1 yard wide.
Gather the 1-yard-long side of this fabric in the same way as you gathered the top edge of the black velour. Pin it to the collar over the black cape -- with the right side of the yellow cape against the wrong side of the black cape. Sew it to the cape and collar in the same way along the same seam line.
Sew a large hook and eye to the collar for a fastener. Sew the hook to the wrong side of the opening so the hook sticks out just beyond the edge of the collar opening. Sew the eye on the right side of the fabric on the other side of the opening.
Tips & Warnings
- If desired, cut the bottom of the yellow cape into a curve.
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