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« on: July 16, 2011 08:45:00 PM »

Made for a private swap with lvl0rg4n. This took about 18 hours of sewing (not including the swearing time, the time using my daughter to model it to figure out what the heck I was supposed to be doing, or the time just staring at it glassy-eyed with despair), and a few more to line the hood, put beading on it, etc.

This is the right side (the cloak is about knee length  -  it's just hanging on my desk chair).


the red cord is around the hood - the bright pink sheer is the lining for the hood. If you look close, you can sort of see the tassels that hang from the tip of the pointed hood.


Work In Progress - this was just after I finished the hood. It was a pain in the arse.


When she posts pics, I'll ask my awesome swap partner to post some pictures of herself in it. This was really rewarding. It was a PAIN to figure out, but I liked the challenge of it. And, I used up a ton of scraps, which is always a good thing.

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« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2011 10:32:30 PM »

Lucky swap partner! I am wisting this. Great job.
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« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2011 11:47:12 PM »

that's absolutely beautiful!
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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2011 12:28:54 AM »

I want it! The colors and fabrics look so awesome all mixed up like that. Your swap partner is very lucky indeed.
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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2011 06:04:18 AM »

aww, thanks for the nice comments!
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« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2011 06:04:49 AM »

Ah-mazing! So cool. Did you make a huge piece of patchwork, and then just treat it like fabric and cut pieces from it? Or did you make your pieces with the patchwork? (Does that question make sense?)

I always wonder because I would just make a big piece of patchwork myself and then get a pattern, but I've never done anything like this, and maybe it wouldn't ever work that way.
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« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2011 06:34:36 AM »

Wow! That must have taken some time. Looks great, your partner will love it!
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« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2011 06:54:12 AM »

i actually used a sheer fabric and made the cloak first, then sewed the patchwork onto it. I don't know if that was the smartest thing to do, as it might have been easier to do patchwork on a flat piece of fabric, then cut from that ... but when I did it this way, I was able to use a heavily beaded end from a sari for one side panel, and was able to utilize heavy silk on the collar part where the clasp went, etc. It was quite difficult to sew the patchwork so it would hang properly (that would be the advantage of patchwork-as-fabric), so I used my kid and an upright ironing board to check to make sure I wasn't sewing oddly. The hardest part was realizing that because the cloak is actually a huge circle, I couldn't just sew strips on rectangularly (that CAN'T be a real word).
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« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2011 07:13:50 AM »

Wow that sounds pretty tricky, but all your hard work really paid off, neh?

I'm actually super inspired by this. I think's it's an absolutely gorgeous cloak, and I'd love to do something like this for myself with all black and white fabrics. I'm buying myself a sewing machine (hopefully sometime this week!), so maybe starting on a piece of patchwork fabric would be just the major project to kill my new machine Cheesy
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