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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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    May 29, 2011, 01.16 PMby lclausewitz

    OK, after a bit of searching I think I can describe the thing I’m working on better as something that looks like a cross between the No.111 jacket capes from the August 2007 and August 2009 editions of BWOF, minus the belt and with the sleeve sections left separate rather than joined at the back. That might help in visualising the result I’m aiming for.

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    Jun 3, 2011, 03.21 PMby sewingfan1

    I’m guessing you may have solved this already looking at the date you posted it, but just in case…. I made the August 2009 one (without alterations) in wool and the shoulders/sleeves hung without a kink so “Sewing the “sleeves” partway down like in the example” may well be the trick needed. It will still look like a cape I’m sure.

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      Jun 8, 2011, 05.02 PMby lclausewitz

      It turns out that sewing them partway down didn’t work, but for an entirely different reason—the client (so to say) wanted the “sleeves” to follow her arms around like an ordinary sleeve. Ironically, this demand rendered the problem rather meaningless since the “sleeves” aren’t going to be wrinkle- or kink-free anyway when they’re moving, so I no longer have to bother with that part. Thanks for the perspective, though. It may still come in handy in later projects.

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    Jun 9, 2011, 09.35 AMby sewingfan1

    Heee heee, and it doesn’t sound like it’s really a cape she was after in the end anyway. Glad it’s sorted though.

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