Costume Tips from Sheikhani
Full Circle Cape

Materials:

Folding Directions:

Follow the folding directions closely; the folding directions are very important to ensure that the folded edges end up stacked as they should be for cutting!

  1. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise; this puts the 2 selvage edges together.
  2. Fold the fabric in half width-wise - you now have a square of fabric consisting of 4 layers of fabric.
  3. Refering to the drawing below, your 4 layer square of fabric will have 4 layers of selvage edges together on one side (the bottom of the drawing), 4 layers of cut edges together (the right side of the drawing), a side with 2 folded edges ONE FOLD ON TOP OF THE OTHER (as noted on the top of the drawing), and a side with 2 folded edges ONE FOLD INSIDE THE OTHER (as noted on the left side of the drawing - this is the side where you will cut the armholes).

Cutting Directions:

  1. Cut the cape hem edge corresponding to the length from the nape of your neck to the floor (see drawing). This is easiest if you pin a cloth tape measure to the center point marked "X" on the drawing, and then use the tape to swing an arc, cutting the required length as the arc is swung. (Hint: instead of a tape measure, you can use a string marked with the length from the nape of you neck to the floor)
  2. Starting 10 inches down from the corner marked "X" on the drawing, cut a 7.5 inch slit through both folded edges ON THE SIDE OF YOUR FABRIC SQUARE WHERE ONE FOLD IS INSIDE THE OTHER- this forms 2 armholes.
  3. Then, ON THE SIDE OF YOUR FABRIC SQUARE WHERE ONE FOLD IS ON TOP OF THE OTHER, cut open the TOP FOLD ONLY along the entire length from the hem to the "X" marked on the drawing.

cape directions

Sewing:

 

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