Someone asked me to make a Harry Potter school robe. It was sized for a child. We could have just purchased one for $30 at a costume store but for $15, one can be made with fabrics ten time better quality. After I finished the project i realized I can scale the process for an adult size robe/cloak.
The following is the procedure to make your own Jedi / Harry Potter Robe or cloak.
This instructable is writen for the total sewing Noob, like myself.
Step 1: Materials
Fabric Scissors - Don't cut paper with your "good" scissors
Sewing needle (optional)
MINIMUM 4 yards of Fabric - I like woven fake suede, AKA microfiber. More fabric if you are taller or larger. I weigh150 pounds, so the 4 yards was enough for me. Add more yards and wider bolts of fabric if you are larger and/or taller.
1 spool of thread
25 sheets of printer paper 8.5"x 11" or legal size.
Paper glue - Elmers
Step 2: Fabric 101 - buying fabrics
For those new to sewing projects something about Fabrics.
When you go to a fabric store, you will find Fabrics in rolls. These rolls are called "Bolts".
Fabric has two sides, the "face" and the "back". The face is what's intended to be on the outside of the clothes. The back is inside - what you see when you wear your shirt inside-out.
The fabric is folded in half and then wrapped around the bolt. The Fabric is folded so that the Back is showing - it's inside out.
Buy 4 (or MORE) yards of your chosen material and color (twice as much if you are prone to mistakes). I chose a rich brown synthetic suede for my robe. When the store employee cuts your fabric for you do NOT unfold it. Keep it exactly how it is - folded in the middle length-wise, inside-out.
Let me state that again - DO NOT unfold the fabric.
Buy thread to match the color of your fabric.