|We Mistborn are incredibly mysterious. Also dramatic.|
Now, let's get started.
Step 1: Gather your materials.
You're going to need:
-3 yards of grey felt. You can use other materials, depending on what you want your cloak to look like, but felt has a few significant advantages. It's relatively inexpensive, it's not too heavy (though it's surprisingly warm), it has a nice bit of visual texture that I think looks fairly mist-like, and, most importantly, you don't have to hem it to keep it from unraveling.-Grey thread. Which I think should be pretty obvious. But a list of two items looks rather awkward, so . . .-One or two closures. I used two frog closures, which worked pretty well and looked awesome, but which were a pain and a half to sew on. I also considered using loop-and-toggle closures, and you might be able to get away with just one of those.
Step 2: Make the Capelet
The Mistcloak is made up of three parts: the hood, the capelet, and the strips or tassels. This isn't the absolute easiest way to do it, but it is the most cost-effective. The first part you're going to make is the capelet. I used this pattern from Urban Threads as a guide/confirmation that my plans weren't going to end in disaster. (They weren't.)
First, measure the distance from the base of your neck to the place you want the cape to fall, then add four inches. After that, fold your material into quarters so you have four layers, then use a measuring tape or ruler and a fabric pencil to trace a quarter-circle. (Sidenote here: for purposes of making this part, it might be useful to divide your three-yard fabric purchase into one piece that's one yard long and another piece that's two yards long. The one-yard piece will give you your capelet and your hood as well, while most of the rest goes to making your tassels.)
Once you have your lines, just cut along them . . .
And, boom! You have a circle of fabric which only needs a bit of hemming to become a proper capelet!
Done? Awesome. Our last step in making the capelet is to hem it, which should be pretty self-explanatory. A single fold-over will work fine.
Step 3: Cut the strips (tassels).
Aka the most tedious part of the project. You'll get bored. Your hand will get tired. You'll start to feel like you're going to be doing this forever. But it'll be worth it in the end. Just wanted to let you know up front.
Anyway. Grab your tape measure again and measure from where your capelet hits to where you want your cloak to end- about ankle-length is good. Add an inch or two. This is how long you want to make your strips of fabric. Now grab your fabric pencil and start marking out your strips. Don't worry about getting exact length or width; a little variety adds visual interest, and you can always trim length later.
I suggest alternating between marking and cutting strips; it'll give your hand a break. Also, you can generally cut strips and watch TV (or YouTube, if you put it full screen) at the same time, unless you're a really bad multitasker. Unless you have an extraordinary amount of patience, I suggest making use of that ability.
Step 4: Pin the strips.
Once you have a nice pile of felt strips, but before you've used up anywhere near all your fabric, stop cutting.
Step 5: Sew it all together
I said that cutting the strips is the most tedious- but this can be the hardest bit, just because there's so much material and so many pins. Try to keep your line of thread fairly close to the line from when you hemmed the capelet- but if you can't, that's fine; as long as your thread is fairly close in shade to your fabric, no one will notice or care. Just make sure all the strips are attached and you're good to go.
Also, if you can manage to complete both this and the previous step without getting pin-pricked so many times that you wonder if Ruin's trying to get a spike into you, congratulations. You're better at this business than I am.
Step 6: Make the hood
This step is actually optional; you don't have to add a hood if you don't want to. However, it's not hard to make, and I think it's worth it, because hoods are awesome. "Faces shrouded in shadow" and all that.
Assuming you decide to add a hood and don't just skip to the next step: get the piece of fabric that you used for the capelet and fold what's left in half. Then mark out the hood. I based my measurements on this cloak, if you want to customize your hood for yourself, but I made mine 16 inches on the long side and 13 inches on the short side.
Once the hood itself is done, you can attach it to the rest of the cloak. Fold the cloak in half, inside-out, so you can find the back middle point of the neckhole. Line up the rear seam of your also-inside-out hood with that and pin in place. Then open up your cloak and pin the rest of the hood along the neckline like so:
Notice that the hood doesn't go all the way around the neckline. Try to keep the amount of cloak not attached to the hood equal on both sides. Measuring is good- I eyeballed it and it turned out ok, but it did make putting on the fasteners a touch awkward. Once you've gotten the hood pinned well, return to the sewing machine for the last time to attach it. Only one step left now!
Step 7: Attach the fastenings and make final length adjustments.
Whatever type of fastening you chose should have instructions on the package, and where on the opening of the cloak you put them is- once again- up to you. I put one of my cloak an inch or so beneath the edge of the neckline, and the other a little more than halfway down.
Also, a word of warning if you use this type of frog closure:
Now is also the time to make sure you're ok with the length of your tassels. Word of advice: if they're touching the ground, they're too long. As I said earlier, you want them about ankle length at the longest.
And now . . . your Mistcloak is complete!
|There's always another secret.|
|The lady of the mists. Fear me.|
Underneath the cloak, I wore a basic black shirt and maxi skirt- no, a skirt wouldn't be especially practical for fighting in, but I didn't have black jeans- along with black boots, and borrowed a black belt from my roommate. The coin purse I made with scraps left over from the cape; it's just a small piece of fabric folded over and sewn with a bit of a curve to the bottom to form a bag, with some yarn threaded through slits at the top and then attached to my belt as a drawstring. The necklace, of course, I already had from when I made my Mistborn metals vials.
|I am totally shooting coins at you right now and not just doing a vaguely action-ish pose in front of the camera. Totally.|
The bracers I made using this pattern from Epbot. They actually use fun foam, with patterns drawn in silver Sharpie, though they look leather-ish; click the link to find out how. And then do yourself a favor and start following Epbot, because Jen is awesome and geeky-fangirl-ish and fun and posts semi-frequent how-tos on various geeky and cosplay crafts.
What do you think of my Mistcloak? Do you have any questions? Any suggestions on how you might've done it differently?
Thanks for stopping by!
-Sarah (Leilani Sunblade)