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Making a Fairytale Hooded Cloak

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Skill Level: Intermediate

Hello! I’m Vivien of @freshfrippery on Instagram with a project for the winter. A long cloak is a versatile piece of clothing that will get a lot of use! You can wear it with cosplays and historical costumes, or even over a modern evening dress to go to the opera. Plus, a red hooded cape will make you feel mysterious as you disappear into the woods and pretend to be a princess, Red Riding Hood, witch, or other fairy tale character.

This cloak uses 5 yards of 60” fabric and features arm openings and a big hood. I used Simplicity 8770 as a base, with modifications. The hood is fully lined, while the front of the cloak has facings down the center front openings. I am using a polyester faux wool material, but depending on the weather and aesthetic you are aiming for, you can also use wool, velvet, fleece, satin, or other materials. I also accented the cloak using the decorative stitching on my Janome Skyline S9 and used my Janome FA4 serger to keep all seams neat.

Instructions

 

This cloak uses 5 yards of 60” fabric and features arm openings and a big hood. I used Simplicity 8770 as a base, with modifications. The hood is fully lined while the front of the cloak has facings down the center front openings. I am using a polyester faux wool material, but depending   on the weather and aesthetic you are aiming for, you can also use wool, velvet, fleece, satin, or other materials. I also accented the cloak using the decorative stitching on my Janome Skyline S9, and used my Janome FA4 serger to keep all seams neat.

 

 

1. Cut out these pieces: one cloak back, two side fronts, two fronts, two front facings, one hood, one hood lining, one back facing.

 

2. Serge all pieces to prevent fraying except for those that will be fully enclosed: hood, hood lining, center edge of front and front facings, bottom hems, and the neckline of the back and front facings. 

 

 

3. Sew each side front to front, leaving a gap for your arms. The armhole should be about 12 inches down from the neckline, and 8 inches long. For this use a wider seam allowance (1 inch). The following photo shows pins with a gap for the arms.

 

 

4. Sew the back to the side fronts, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

 

5. Sew the center seam of the hood. Sew the bottom of the hood to the cape, right sides together, pleating to fit at the center back.

 

 

6. Sew the back facing to the front facings. Then sew the bottom of the hood lining to the inside neckline of the facings, pleating in the back to fit. 

 

 

7. Pin the front edges of the cloak + hood to the corresponding front edges of the facings + hood lining, right sides together, and sew. (All of these should be the raw, unserged edges). In the following photo the cloak is shown inside out with the serged edge of the facing visible, with the stitching line shown by the white pins.

 

 

8. Press all seams flat, then turn the hood lining and facings into the interior of the cloak. Use small scissors to trim away any excess bulk in the seams.

 

 

9. Add some hand sewn stitching to the hood/front facings to the shoulder seams and back of the cloak to keep them attached.

 

 

10. Hem the bottom of the cloak to your desired length. (You can either serge the bottom and fold it up once, or not serge and fold it up twice to enclose the raw edges).

 

11. Top-stitch all the edges of the cloak (hood, front, and hem) using a decorative stitch in a contrasting thread.

 

 

12. Add two columns of decorative stitching around the arm openings.

 

 

13. Alternatively, if you prefer to have plain top-stitching instead of embroidery, you can use a straight stitch in a thread that matches your fabric. When top-stitching bulky edges, the Janome bi-level foot is very useful!

 

 

14. For the closure, you can sew on ribbon ties to make a bow, a cloak clasp or a frog, or a simple sturdy hook and eye. I am using a brooch in my photos but am going to add ribbon bows to match my outfits!

 

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Tako
Beautiful
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

cpindzola
Around the Table Dresden Placemats
Saturday, December 17, 2016

I like the concept, but the directions are "sloppy." Nowhere in the supply list does it mention the felt or the batting (how much?). Also, I would never use a high loft batting in a placemat, or a table runner, as I think that it would be too unstable for a glass. The next time I make these, I will cut out the batting (I use flannel) and spray baste it to the wrong side of the Dresden plate before I put the Dresden plate on the felt to cut out. I have not yet washed the finished placemat, and am hoping that the single layer of felt does not curl up, or become distorted after washing/drying.
Txmaid
Fun Great Gift!
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

MargieARK
Teatime Quilted Tablecloth
Friday, February 24, 2017

I made this today but your cutting directions need to be changed. You only need 4 of color 1 and color 3 4.5 squares for the triangles. Also the inner border, you only need 2 cuts as WOF is long enough to cut each in half to fit the sides.
MickelSews
Great Machine
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I've had this machine for only a week now. I bought it used from a lady who makes her own clothes, but she no longer needed the machine. During the purchase, she noted that she is almost sad that it's better to give it away because of how well the machine performed. (I also bought it along side a computerized machine of another brand.} She demoed the machine for us, showing it worked and gave us everything (including the box it came in!) She took amazing care of this machine. I have used it a few times now, and the directions for threading were easy to follow (albeit my hands are quite large so the lower looper was a pain, but that is no fault to the machine or brand.) And I recommend this machine to anyone who wants to learn to serge and wants a machine that can grow with them. I will happily use this machine time and time again.
rvstan
S9 Review
Sunday, February 25, 2018

I love, love, love my S9! It's sews and embroiders beautifully and it's simplicity of use amazes me. I would recommend this machine for both a beginner and an experienced seamstress. If I would ask anything of Janome it would be to upgrade the programming to run a larger hoop size. I understand that it can't get much wider but there is most definitely room for it to go longer. That is the only limitation of this machine.
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PJMNana
Monday, February 26, 2018

I purchased a Memorycraft 15000 a few years ago and it was the best purchase I ever made! This machine can do just about anything you would would ever want! I love the capability of using the Acuedit app to set up my embroidery pattern on my Ipad and then download it to the machine! I love how my embroidery looks upon completion and I love all the good lighting it has to light up your workspace. That way you don’t need to worry about where to set up your machine. It also has plenty of room to do machine embroidery on any size quilts! There are many decorative stitches from which to choose that are outstanding! It’s hard to choose which one to use! There are so many great features it is hard to decide what I love the most. If you want to buy only one machine to last a lifetime, I would recommend this one!
KLWash
S9 Review
Sunday, February 24, 2019

The S9 is amazing. I learned to sew by hand when I was just 5 and in my grandmothers way as she was quilting. I took seeing classes in high school until they would no longer let me sign up. The S9 makes me appreciate my current skills as well as motivate me to want to learn more. This machine is awesome.
SewSueMe2002
Horizon Memory Craft 15000
Thursday, November 19, 2020

My Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000 is fantastic! I love, love, love this machine! When I came across the Eye for and Eye embroidery design today, I wanted to make it. However, the embroidery file is missing. Nothing downloads when I select the download button. Please help!
Jillfmischo
Treat Bag fun!
Monday, August 16, 2021

I made the Halloween treat bag for my new granddaughter and I’m sure it will last for years. No embroidery machine so I appliquéd the lettering. Need a little more skirt fabric for a better gathered look, and I used thin double-bias tape for the skirt hem, over edge stitch on skirt sides. I’m pleased with my results!
elenaz
Very helpful tutorial
Wednesday, October 25, 2023

I want to say thank you for teaching me this method of applique. I was able to do it with a small letters. This method is the best so far from all of those I've seen and tried.
plonkar
So useful
Thursday, November 30, 2023

I'd like to express my gratitude for teaching me this appliqué method. I successfully applied it with small letters, and, so far, it's the most effective among all the methods I've seen and tried.

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