I would just like to warn everyone that this instructable includes lots of bad photography. I started working on this cape at about... hmm... 12 AM. Therefore, no natural lighting, and no good lighting in the apartment.
I really must remedy this.
Fighting crime during the night is really hard right now.
But anyway - this cape was made because my friend Josh and I decided he needed one. Josh will henceforth be known as JOSHMAN. The only thing I asked was that he pose for stupid pictures in the cape if I made it.
I think we accomplished that quite well. Jeff and Seth even got in on the action.
Step 1: Supplies needed to fight crime in style.
- a sewing machine complete with thread
- 2 colors of heavyweight fabric (felt) - step three will explain how much you need.
- nice, sharp scissors
- a yard stick
- something to mark the fabric with (a ballpoint pen will work)
- an iron
- contrasting fabric
- some sort of double sided fusible webbing suitable for applique - Steam-A-Seam is a popular brand name.
Step 2: How to measure for the cape!
First, decide how long the cape should be. Measure from the top of the shoulder to wherever you'd like the cape to fall. For JOSHMAN, this was around 50 inches. His cape will hit below the knees.
Next, decide how the cape will fall on the shoulders. Do you want it to go over the top of the shoulders, or simply hang down the back?
For going over the top off the shoulders, measure around the top of the back, and also the width from the chest to back around the shoulder area. Add the top of the back + to 2x the arm width. For JOSHMAN, this was roughly 40 inches.
If you want the cape to hang down the back, simply measure from shoulder to shoulder and round. :)