Monday, September 12, 2011

A quick turn around

My son had been asking me to make him a cloak to wear to the Renaissance Festival for a while and I had procastinated, so when the time came I had to hustle. The fabric, 6 yards of a wool/poly blend crepe from Fabric Mart Fabrics arrived on Friday at 3:00. It went into the dryer to pretreat as I prepared the pattern and readied the floor for cutting since my table was not big enough for cutting this full length cloak. The cloak was done Saturday afternoon in time for my son and his friends to attend the festival on Sunday morning.

I used McCalls 5957 and cut a men's medium, my son is 13 years old and 5'11". The shoulder pad was added as per his design; I have used this pad shape many times before out of this Simplicity pattern reduced in size for his smaller shoulders. He made the pattern for the hand appliqued to the pad. The closure I found of all places at Michael's craft store. Except for hems all construction was done on the serger for speed.

It gives me great joy to be able to render my son's vision for his costume. Every year he has a new idea which becomes a wonderful collaboration to bring the project to its ta-dah! moment.


  1. He looks great and you did a wonderful job! Love the skull : >

  2. Oh my, you worked at speed to get this done in time! Your son looks great in his costume - I am sure that he had a really fun time. BTW I love your version of Vogue 1179 - it's one of my favourite patterns - your version looks fabulous!

  3. Oh what fun! I stayed up soooo late one night as a teen making costumes for myself and all my siblings to attend the Renaissance festival. We had a blast the next day! I keep asking my boyfriend to go the Md. Ren Fest with me (no costume, even) but he refuses. Boo.

  4. You are awesome to make this. I will have to take a look at this pattern as my oldest son has been asking me for a cloak also to dress up as a video game character.


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