I wanted to make my little guy some superhero dressups for Christmas and I was running out of time! Thankfully, I had a brainstorm while shopping at Goodwill - what if I could make capes that required no fasteners and no hemming? Yup, I could and did - out of men's tshirts that I paid $1 each for at Goodwill!! You can use any color of shirt you want and it can have anything printed on it - as long as the back is plain.
So here's the finished product:
And here's my "pattern":
I laid the tshirt flat with the folds, or edges, however you want to word it, becoming the centers of the front and back of the shirt. I did this by holding the shirt upside down, looking inside it, and matching up the sleeves.
When I laid it down I made sure the sleeves were laying towards the front of the shirt. Then I started cutting from the center front, about 1 1/2 inches from the collar. I cut towards the back of the shirt, until I got just past the sleeves. Then I cut on a diagonal toward the front of the shirt. This pic makes it look like I made the cut wider than I really did - I ended up just past where the side of the shirt would normally be, underneath the sleeves. Hope that makes sense.
Because jersey knit (t shirt fabric) tends to cut kinda jaggedy, once I was finished, I opened the cape up and tidied up the cut lines to make them smooth.
That's it!! They just pull on over his head - no fasteners, no trims, no hems! YAAAY!