I’m making a cape that basically consists of two quarter-circle “sleeves” sewn onto the sides of the neck opening on a sleeveless coat-like body, rather like this one but longer (all the way down to the upper thigh on the friend who’s going to wear it), with a hood rather than a stand collar, and using two separate wings/sleeves not joined at the back. The problem I anticipated—and found in the muslin—was the rather inevitable kink at the point where the “sleeve” starts to fall down freely (right at the juncture with the neckline/hood seam on my version). Is there some sort accepted wisdom on how to deal with this issue? Should I put a dart at the top of the “sleeve” in order to make it conform to the shoulder, although I suspect this would just move the kink several inches down the edge? Sewing the “sleeves” partway down like in the example also doesn’t seem likely to get the result I want since it makes the whole garment looks rather less cape-like. Or maybe I should stop seeing this as a problem and just try to direct the viewer’s attention elsewhere with a more interesting feature like big pockets or a flashy hood lining?
Thanks beforehand for all the ideas/suggestions.
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