How to Cut & Make Hooded Cloaks

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How to Cut & Make Hooded Cloaks
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A hooded cloak is a flowing and dramatic article of clothing that consists of a draping swathe of fabric surrounding you with a loose, rounded hood to cover your head. You can make a cloak in a variety of fabrics; for instance, use damask for a winter outer cloak or gossamer for a light, springtime accessory.

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Things you need

  • Scissors
  • Cloak fabric
  • Lining fabric
  • Seamstress chalk
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Wide trim
  • Clasp
  • Needle
  • Thread

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  1. 1

    Draw a rectangle 16 inches tall and 12 inches wide.

  2. 2

    Cut out the rectangle, but round off the top right corner of the shape by cutting away a small triangle about ½ inch big.

  3. 3

    Trace the shape onto the cloak fabric twice and onto the lining fabric twice. Cut them out.

  4. 4

    Cut out a 55 1/2-inch circle from the hood fabric and another from the lining fabric.

  5. 5

    Cut out a 7 1/2-inch circle from the centre of both large circles. The big circles should look like Os after you cut out the smaller circles.

  6. 6

    Make a long straight cut from the outer edge of the circles to the inner circle.

  1. 1

    Lay the two hood fabric pieces on top of each other so the right sides are facing. Do the same with the lining fabric. The rounded corners should be on the top, right side.

  2. 2

    Sew the fabric together along the top and right edges, following the curved corners as you sew. Sew the lining pieces the same way.

  3. 3

    Turn the lining so the right side of the material is facing out and slip it inside the fabric hood. The right sides of the lining and the fabric should be touching.

  4. 4

    Sew the hoods together along the left vertical edge. Turn the fabrics right side out so the lining is on the underside of the hood and the fabric is on the top.

  5. 5

    Spread the fabric circle so the right side faces up. Place the lining circle, right side down, on top of the fabric. Line up the edges of the circles.

  6. 6

    Sew the lining and the fabric together along the outer round edge and both sides of the long straight cut. Do not sew the inner circle closed. Pull the cloak inside out so the right sides of the material face out.

  7. 7

    Overlap the bottom open edge of the hood with the top open edge of the cloak by 1 inch and pin them together. Arrange the fabric of the hood and cloak on one side and the lining of the hood and the cloak on the other. Sew the fabrics together over the overlapped portion to join the hood and cloak.

  8. 8

    Apply a wide trim to cover the edges where the hood and the cloak join; stitch it in place. Place the trim on the outside and the inside of the cloak to cover the entire join of cloak and hood.

  9. 9

    Sew a clasp onto the straight edges of the cloak 3 inches below the join of the hood and the cloak.

Tips and warnings

  • Cut a larger or smaller circle to make the cloak longer or shorter.
  • In very extreme and harsh weather, you will need more protection than just this cloak.

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