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Pleather Cape Tutorial


First locate a source. I have found in the past, this was not as easy as I thought. Luckily for me, Artsee had some remaining spare pleather that he was willing to trade with me. But since you have to find a source, I found one on the web:

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As you can see, they offer many different types/styles of pleather. My suggestion is to get fabric samples (they offer this option) of the ones you are interested in. This way you can see the actual texture, backing and qualities of the fabric.

Ok, once you got your fabric, about 6 - 8 yards, you want to cut it into a "pie pattern". Make triangles that are about 6' long, pointed on one end, and a little over 4' at the other end. Sew the pieces together like pizza slices.

You want to have 8 panels to make your cape. Now for a girl like myself, that was a bit much, I should have went with 6 panels. Therefore, I need to resize my cape.

After cutting a panel you just might want to check the length of a piece of panel and hold it up to your neck and watch where it falls to the ground. You want it long, but you don't want to kill yourself in it either.

Anyway, after you get your 8 panels cut, you should lay out the pieces on the floor and connect them so you have the shape of an open cape on the floor. This way you can see how it is to be sewn together.

Now the trick is to do the scallops. Hopefully someone will jump in with other suggestions. You can make a template and use that for each panel. I happened to have a very huge lid that I used for mine. Either way, you do need some kind of template to make even scallops. Sorry this is sort of vague.

Ok, after everything is all cut out and laid out on the floor (pin all your panel pieces together), now you know what you are dealing with, it's time to sew. I just used a standard sewing machine, nothing fancy here.

Now the question is how is the collar of your cape. This all depends. You can attach snaps or use ties if you are wearing a cowl that will cover them. These tend to be the options - snaps, ties, nuts, bolts. I don't recommend velcro, as it will pull on the pleather material and will more than likely ruin it, from stress and pulling.

Bolts and nuts are used when people are attaching the cape to the armor, which are usually attached to cape clips. Unfortunately, I don't know much about this. But I am sure if you ask, someone will tell you how to do this.

With any of these choices, make sure you finished your collar area off when you sew all your pieces of panels together as well.

That's briefly my basic pleather tutorial, a first for me. Sorry I did not mention much about lining, as I did not do this with mine. Anyhow, hope that helps some. :)

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Thank you! I needed that. I'm probably going to start it sometime this week since my cowl was delivered somewhere in Illinois instead of here (miami, fl) and so today it should arrive. I wanted to have the cowl first. Thanks!

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That's great info Selina! Great job! :signal
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Selina,
You rock! Not only is that cape tutorial perfect I'd also been needing a stretch leather company that carried a good looking green! Thank you

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Excellent info! Thanks!



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That's excellent Lori!

Thanks for sharing the info. :up

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my 2cents - I bought a cut of pleather from this store in Denver earlier this year and it's pretty good stuff.
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Cool Lori, thanks for the tutorial & site :up

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thanks i was loking for that :up

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the green isn't as good as you'd think. i hace a swatch, it doesn't have a grain texture, only the weave of the backing.

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