A winter cloak is a versatile article of clothing that can complement a variety of styles. Whether worn with basic jeans and a turtleneck or over a cotton dress with tall boots, this wardrobe staple can spruce up any outfit.You can make a winter cloak with some wool material and a few basic sewing supplies, for only a fraction of the amount it would cost to purchase a cloak from a retail manufacturer.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Wool fabric, 108 inches by 65 inches
- Mild washing powder
- Tape measure
- Fabric marking pen
- Safety pins
- Thread that matches the fabric
- Clasping hooks (hook-and-loop, toggle, clasp, snap, button)
- Sewing machine (optional)
Wash the wool fabric with a mild detergent in the washing machine or by hand, depending on how you plan to wash it in the future. Place the washed wool in the dryer and dry on the highest heat setting possible to ensure maximum shrinkage. Remove the fabric from the dryer and lay it lengthwise on your work surface.
Measure the length of the fabric with a tape measure and locate the centre. Place the tape measure on the centre spot. Measure up to within one inch from the top of the fabric. Use a marking pen to draw a small "X."
Hold the fabric lengthwise behind your back and pull it up over the back of your head. Center the "X" so that it sits just at the start of your hairline, in the middle of your forehead. Hold the fabric in place on your head with one hand and use the other hand to adjust the rest of the fabric so that it hangs over your shoulders and extends down your back.
Continue holding the fabric in place on top of your head. Use the other hand to grip the edge of the fabric near your shoulder and pull it around your face and under your chin. Let go of the fabric on your head, but do not let it slip off; grip the fabric at the opposite shoulder. Pull the fabric around that side of your face and under your chin.
Align both sides of the fabric together under your chin. Transfer the fabric from one hand into the other hand so that you are holding both pieces in one hand under your chin. Use the free hand to join the two sides together with a safety pin. Continue holding the pieces together after the pin is in place.
Use your free hand to reach behind your shoulder and pinch the fabric directly above the shoulder blade. Pull the fabric over your shoulder and under your chin. Place it in the hand that is holding the pinned fabric. Repeat with the fabric on the opposite shoulder. Overlap both side pieces and secure them to the pinned pieces of fabric with another safety pin.
Flip off the hooded fabric and carefully remove the entire piece of material. Lay it on your work surface with the pinned fabric facing up. Remove the safety pins from the top layer of fabric ends and allow the material to fall to the sides. Adjust the fabric so that it lays evenly across the work surface.
Pinch the pinned fabric just below the safety pin and hold in place. Use your free hand to open the safety pin. Continue holding the fabric in place and carefully slip one side of the fabric out of the pin. Keep your finger on the pinhole. Leave the pin in the other piece of fabric.
Sew one side of your clasping hook to the free side of fabric directly over the pinhole. Remove the safety pin from the other piece of fabric. Sew the other half of the clasping hook or the chosen closure to that piece of fabric directly over the pinhole.
Place the cloak on and put the hood up over your head. Test the length and the size of the hood to make sure is it even and fits properly. Remove the clasping hooks and make adjustments as necessary. Locate the two corners of fabric that hang down your legs near your feet. Determine if they are too long or if you like their length.
Remove the cloak and place on the work surface. Shorten those long corners, if desired, by folding them up and sewing in place with a needle and thread. Turn the cloak over and fold a 1-inch hem on the bottom of the fabric. Sew in place with a needle and thread or with a sewing machine.
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