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« on: April 27, 2007 05:59:08 PM »

So, yeah.  I'm a total dork, and I want to make myself a cape like the ones the Spartans wear in the movie '300'.  I know, I know, quit rolling your eyes.  Wink

Anyway, I can see that the cape is attatched to this harness sort of thing that goes around the shoulders, across the back, and fastens in the front with a brooch thingy.  I can figure out how to make that okay. 

My questions are these:  How do I make it fold like that?  Approximately how much yardage of whatever am I going to need? (It's floor length, and I'm about 5'6")  What shape is the fabric going to need to be in?  What sort of fabric do you think would work the best?  It should be rough and kind of heavy, but not burlap rough.  I'm at a loss, and ANY help is loved and appreciated.  I'm sorry if I'm not being very clear. 

Here's some reference pics, if you've not seen the film.  Enjoy the abs.





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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2007 05:56:07 AM »

This may help:

http://home.clara.net/arianrhod/Aldebaran/DoItYourself/Cloak02.html


It's a really, really simple cape - I've made a couple of these for school plays and they're nice and easy. The cape falls straight down in front of you, but you just push it back over the shoulders and that's how you get those folds.

Don't bother with the hood, just leave that off - but you may need to put in some sort of binding to strengthen the fabric around the neck so it doesn't stretch or fray.
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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2007 11:28:43 AM »

Thanks, the link is very helpful.   Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2007 10:42:02 AM »

I second the above tutorial. As for fabric. Traditionally, they would have been made of a thin wool of silk noile. Those tned to be rather expensive thought....I've used "silky" (joanne's term, not mine) fabric before, but really your best bet is to go to the fabric store, roll a bunch of fabric off the bolt and see if it drapes to your liking. I'd stay away from poplin and keep the weight of the fabric in mind as well. You don't want a cloak that weights 10 lbs.
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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2007 11:15:44 AM »

I think the harness thing is separate from the cloak.  I would have to see the movie again to be sure but I seem to remember cloaks being off and still seeing harness on.
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