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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Warm Cloak for the... Summer? on: June 06, 2009 12:25:10 PM
I'm going camping in the Mendocino Woodlands (Northern California) at the end of the month and it can get downright cold (40s F) at night.  Instead of carrying around a blanket, I decided to make a cloak out of microfleece with a pretty jacquard edging:

Six yards of fleece and 12 of the jacquard went into the making of.  The design comes from Antimony and Lace: http://www.gothfashion.info/circlecloak.php

Unfortunately blurry detail shot:

Here's the jacquard I used:
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Choli with non-matching handkerchief over and a-line under skirt on: June 06, 2009 12:04:23 PM
The choli (top) is part of the American Tribal Style bellydance costume.  The fabric is stretch velvet with a plain ole bias tape for the hemming.  The pattern came from a wonderful gal in Australia:  http://members.iinet.net.au/~ramsden/tribal/index.html

The orange skirt is based on Renegade Sewing's Titus Skirt, but I can't seem to locate it online.  It's designed to be about knee length, so I just dropped the line to ankle length.  Apparently the key is keeping a 90 degree angle in the bottom corners.

The brown skirt is based on the handkerchief skirt instructions found here at Antimony and Lace: http://www.gothfashion.info/circlepixie.php
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: butterfly mock wrap top with SIMPLE SLEEVE TUTORIAL!! on: June 04, 2009 02:58:24 PM
I realize this is a post from three years ago, but thank you for the tute!  I'm doing some costumes for this summer and was terrified by sleeving - your tute makes it so much easier to understand!
14  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing brocade ribbon to fleece for a hem on: May 27, 2009 10:02:22 PM
Thank you all!  I hadn't heard of these techniques before so I really appreciate the assistance!
15  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Sewing brocade ribbon to fleece for a hem on: May 26, 2009 04:53:38 PM
Hi all,
I'm working on a cloak made out of fleece and want to hem it with a much stiffer ribbon, specifically a thick brocade.  Two questions of the sewing gurus...

1.  Do I need to roll the fleece under and hem it or is it strong enough to have the cut edge exposed?

2.  Any advice on sewing the ribbon to the fleece?  My edge is rounded slightly and when I try to pin it, I get this horrible lumpiness.

I should mention that I plan to sew it on a sewing machine, going over the ribbon twice; once along the top and once along the bottom.

Any and all advice is greatly appreciated!
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fabric Recommendations for a Cloak on: May 03, 2009 01:28:55 PM
Interesting discussion!  I ran into a gal at the fabric store yesterday who was wearing a cloak like the one I picture in my head.  She used microfleece with a gorgeous brocade edging.  Easy to work with, no need to line (I'm allergic to wool, so I would have had to line mine), and a lot cheaper than wool too.  Plus, since this is a witch-y event, I don't have to worry about not having official time frame garb, though not being flammable would be helpful.  Grin

I'm really liking smudgycat's suggestion for the cotton/linen outer and fleece inner. 

And ravenwitch, I'm glad to hear your experience with the 1/4 circle.  I've made a skirt that way and never thought to transfer it over to cloak design!

Elijor - a couple of friends are wanting to do cloaks too, I'll definitely pass along the Army blanket idea as I think they'll be stoked on it!

Thank you all!
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fabric Recommendations for a Cloak on: April 29, 2009 08:35:00 AM
Thanks for the great info, Alexus1325!
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Fabric Recommendations for a Cloak on: April 28, 2009 09:46:06 PM
Hi all,
I'm looking to make a heavy cloak that will endure cool (40F) temperatures and possibly getting rained on but keep me warm.  I'm going camping in the Pacific Northwest (of the USA) for a week and expect it will be cold and wet pretty much the whole time.  I think what I want is wool melton, but I've never worked with it and don't have a way to get my hands on it without going online. 

The cloak itself will be an ankle-length full circle oversized hood piece of drama.  Any advice, including online fabric suppliers that you've used before, would be greatly appreciated!  I've made a few skirts and shirts, but this will be bigger and heavier fabric than I've ever used before. 

I'll be merging a few patterns that I've found online to complete the look.  If you have any patterns that you've used and love, let me know!  I'm thinking something similar to this with possible mods: http://www.cloakmaker.com/availpics/cloak1697.html

19  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Roller Derby Fairy on: April 22, 2009 09:21:00 PM
Totally cute, great work!  The socks are my favorite part.  I second the question on the wings, are they clay as well?
20  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Polymer Clay Horns! Great for Dress up! on: April 22, 2009 09:18:18 PM
Too cute!  I'd like to see them on to get an idea of how big they are. Smiley
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