How to make a vampire cape collar
A tall black stand-up collar turns a plain black cape into Dracula's frightening outfit. Cut a quick collar from black craft foam or sew a collar from black satin. Slick back your hair and wear a dinner jacket or just a white dress shirt and black slacks.
A black vest is a nice touch, but a red or gold brocade vest with black lapels is stunning. Tie a short length of red ribbon around your neck under your collar and hang a medal from it. Don't forget your fangs.
Measure around the back of the neck of the cape from shoulder seam to shoulder seam. Draw a rectangle this length and 20 cm (8 inches) wide. Extend the line at the top of the rectangle 5 cm (2 inches) on each side. Draw a line to connect the outside ends of the new lines to the bottom corners of the rectangle. This is your pattern.
- Measure around the back of the neck of the cape from shoulder seam to shoulder seam.
- Extend the line at the top of the rectangle 5 cm (2 inches) on each side.
Cut out the pattern and trace it onto black craft foam. Cut out the collar.
Sew the neck of the cape to the collar, 6 mm (1/4 inch) from the bottom of the collar, centring it between the shoulder seams. Keep the cape perpendicular to the collar as you sew. This will make the collar stand upright.
Add 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) to the top and sides of the pattern by using a ruler to draw a line 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) from these sides.
Cut two pieces of black satin and one piece of heavyweight interfacing using the pattern.
- Add 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) to the top and sides of the pattern by using a ruler to draw a line 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) from these sides.
- Cut two pieces of black satin and one piece of heavyweight interfacing using the pattern.
Place one piece of satin right side up on a table, lay the second piece on top right side down then place the interfacing on top of the stack. Align all the edges. Sew them together with a 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) seam allowance.
Clip the corners of the seam allowance at a 45-degree angle. Cut close to the seam, but be careful not to cut the seam. Turn the collar right side out and press it. Top stitch the collar by stitching a straight seam 6 mm (1/4 inch) from the edge.
Sew the fabric collar to the cape as described for the craft foam collar.
Camela Bryan's first published article appeared in "Welcome Home" magazine in 1993. She wrote and published SAT preparation worksheets and is also a professional seamstress who has worked for a children's theater as a costume designer and in her own heirloom-sewing business. Bryan has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Florida.