No vampire costume is complete without a long, sweeping cape. However, if you have spent lots of time and effort on the rest of the costume, a scrap of material tied around your shoulders just isn't going to do. Making a cape to complete your Halloween or costume party outfit is a fairly simple process, and once you know how to make a basic cape, you can make a cape for a range of other costumes as well.
Things You'll Need
- Black material
- Measuring tape
- Needle and thread
- Sticky back coin
- Fusible interfacing
Select a black material for the outside of the cape, and a red material for the lining. Measure the material to a width of approximately 34 inches and a length of approximately 43 inches, mark the material with chalk and cut it to size. For adults or taller children, you may want to make the cape longer.
Pin the black fabric and the lining right sides together and lay it flat. At the top, make two chalk marks 5 1/4 inches and 6 1/4 inches down along the edge of the long side. Do this on both sides. Cut the bottom of the cape into jagged points.
Sew the two fabrics together around the edges, with a 1/4 inch seam. Do not sew the 1 inch gap between the chalk markings at the sides and leave a 5 inch gap at the bottom for turning. Fuse the interfacing to the area above the 5 1/4 inch marking, as this area will be the collar. The interfacing will help the collar stand up. Turn the cape right side out.
Sew two lines of stitching along the width at the 5 1/4 inch and 6 1/4 inch marks. This forms a casing for the ribbon. Feed a 15-inch strip of ribbon through this casing, gathering the cape so that the ends of the ribbon are level with the sides of the cape. Secure the ribbon by sewing across the ends.
Sew the hook side of the sticky back coin to the right side of the cape, over the gathers of the ribbon. Sew the other half in the same place on the left side of the cape.
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