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haeshu
« on: January 11, 2005 12:40:42 PM »


so, i will give the standard opening.  hi, my name is hannah, i am new to crafster, and a new crafster myself.  i am ready to jump into my first "official'" project and thought i would ask for some help/tips/advice.  i got my first sewing machine for christmas and want to make a superhero cape for my son who is turning three at the end of this month.  any ideas?  i have been combing the internet and have found some cool stuff.  i kinda dont want to do the bath towel cape, but more your basic lined cape with a gigantic "E" on the back.  im thinking the best bet is to cut out my fabric in the shape of a flattened cone and add ties to the top part.  will this actually work?  any info welcome crafty ladies and gents!
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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2005 01:25:13 PM »

I think your idea will work fine. I think a cute idea would be to sew the first letter of his name into the flattened cone. My friend and I both played King Lear in our camp's production, so for christmas I made her Superlear cape with an "L" in the cone. It rocked, if I do say so.
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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2005 01:51:10 PM »

Haeshu--Welcome!

My babe (almost 4 year old boy) is totally costume obsessed, and capes are a big part of that! I made a few without patterns, but by far my favorite and his is the hooded cloak that I made from Butterick Pattern B4319
http://store.sewingtoday.com/cgi-bin/butterick/shop.cgi?s.item.B4319=x&TI=10013&pageNum=2
It was very easy and straightforward--I'd recommend it for a "first" pattern if that's what you're looking for.
I made the robin hood costume in the middle of that pattern---with a red velvet/velour hooded cloak. I like that the shape of it covers the shoulders a bit more than the basic capes I had made him before. And of course the hood is fun too!

Here's a pic--he's not wearing the hood, but you get the idea. You're idea will definitely work too, I just wanted to give you another option if you were looking to jump into sewing patterns! But whatever you do....I'm sure he'll just ADORE it! Isn't dress up fun?

Good luck!

     
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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2005 01:37:10 AM »

i used to make a ton of kids capes, when my cousins were all younger they got "dress up kits" from me for their birthdays and christmas.

i used a rectangle of fabric, made a casing in the top, and ran waistband elastic through it. i sewed the elastic in place on each side, and sewed a tie on each side. it doesn't look quite as fancy, but it's a lot safer for small kids. that way, if it gets caught on anything, the elastic stretches instead of the ties hurting their neck.

plus it's very quick, and takes less fabric! 
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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2005 11:53:07 AM »


thanks for the ideas

soulemama- i dont think im going to tackle a pattern just yet, they scare me.  but maybe for halloween??

crafty dame-  good advice on the rectangle and elastic, i already decided to use velcro instead of ties so that he wouldnt choke himself doing all that flying around the house. 

i will post pictures when im done!
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