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Re: my BEGINS Cape Pattern / CAPE CUT OUT PICS (7/3/08)


I really enjoy the look of your cape, I can't wait to see what it looks like once it's finished. :)

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Thanks again guys. Well I sewed my cape together myself this weekend. My mom volunteered to do it, but they went away for the 4th and waiting till next week somewhat would put a halt on everything, because without the cape I couldn't do the cape clips easily, which then meant I wouldn't get to glue the armor down yet either.

I sewed together the cape in one night, and a few touch ups the next day. Came out great. Feels great on me, the wing span is awesome, and I'm proud to have sewn it so well, not really machine sewing anything else besides my superman cape previously.

The material is great too because without the rods I can open up the cape and give a flick to it for the wings to spread out. Sort of works like a whip and can make a good snap when I do it too.
The rods I use are going to be telescoping metal classroom pointers. I have one already and it works great, has no problem holding the weight of the cape and can easily be put away if you just want the flowy cape effect again.

This cape is going to work great for walking around a busy SDCC in 2 weeks. I'm planning to eventually make a much larger cape like others have posted in this thread already. I do want that look still, and plan to make it pretty massive like promo pics when I do. I will then have the two cape options depending on where I'm going to be wearing the suit.

After sewing, I tackled the cape clips. Two clips came with my cowl, but had no attachments yet, they were just the tops. So talking to a few guys here I decided to do the rivet method too. I bought some "Binding Post with screw" size 3/16 x 1/2, at Home Depot, which are found in the hardware and are a machine screw in aluminum.
Took a bit of looking around but I found them. I bought two sizes because I wasnt sure what I'd need. I also bought small metal washers to fit over the posts and screw for extra hold area when I was to glue them down.

Then I went to the Key area in the store, and bought some small key ring tags. I removed the tag portion and kept the small metal rings that were attached. I sewed these onto the cape. I had to sew them on two times, because there wasnt enough gathered material to make the cape easily and nicely hang in front. I gathered the material 4 times about 1/2-3/4 inch each time creating 4 loops to the fabric.
Then I threaded it through the loop and made sure to loosen up on the material some when sewing, so it wasn't so tight together, which would allow the material to easily slide forward when I'd like to drape it over my front. (I think pictures are before i did the 2nd loop attachment.)

For the cowl attachment I used the same rings, and some dark brown leather I had. I dyed it black, and it looks fine in person, but the flash shows its browness still....oh well.

Before I did either of those attachments, I put together the clips and the posts through the suit. The clips I dremmeled a bit of a groove for the screw heads to rest flush into.
I glued them in place and then slide the washer over the screw and glued it down too for extra hold.
I then used sticky back 2mm black foamies and stuck it down over the screws and super glued it down as well for extra hold. The foamies works great, it adds a bit more thickness to the clip like it should have, and also makes for a soft bottom, because when screwing these on with the cowl in place, you can get rubbing, and I didn't want to scuff up my cowl with the clips.
For the posts I put on all my gear and marked where to punch the holes. I used a small dremmel head and drilled the holes. Then I took the post and glued on a washer like with my clips. I positioned the posts through the armor exactly where I wanted the clips to be when fully screwed down. Once in place I cut out a round piece of the same sticky black foamies and glued that down onto the bottom of the screw inside the armor.
From all this talk of using DAP for latex I wasn't sure if super glue wouldn't hold on latex.... but it does no problem.

The clips rest a little off of the cowl and armor, they aren't as flush down to the gear, but it looks fine and lets me move around some. I still have great movement in my gear, I just don't get all messy now since it all stays in place.

Think I covered everything. Cape works great, glad I went this method for now. I don't get caught up walking with it which is the biggest plus. Here are a few ok shots, tried my best without the flash, had trouble this time.

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The shape looks great Bryan. Looks like it may be a little short in the back and in the middle of the wing. But the shape is great and the texture is top notch. Cant wait to see it all finished and you in the suit.



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that's very good work man, the suit looks great too.

if its ok to ask, how much did this end up costing you (the cape that is)?

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yea anakinos, the shortness of the cape is somewhat the sacrifice to make it look this shape. It probably could be slightly bigger still and i could handle it, but if it got any wider, when i use the rods to do the spread wing look, it wouldn't keep a really tight shape, it would sag a bit. It was difficult to get the right balance for this cape design, but im pretty happy with it now.

The cape material was 6 yards of 4 way black stretch velvet, and cost me $10 a yard total of $60. So really, thats the cape cost. The rings and clips only cost an extra $5 at most. The rest is just man hours to do it. No i dont plan to make capes for anyone, its time consuming enough as it is, and i dont have the motivation to make it for anyone besides myself really lol. Anyone interested in the pattern i can send you that. Its basically what i posted, but i have versions that are to the correct scale in illustrator.

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Hey B have you worn the whole thing with the velvet cape yet. How hot do you get in it. Just curious. If you could email me the pattern i would appreciate it bro. I ll get at you later. Looks good dude. Nicely done.

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Thad no problem buddy, I can help you out for sure your a good friend of mine, id be more willing to get something made for you.

And yea i have worn everything. Right now the armor basiically just rests on my shoulders. It used to be connected at the sides under the arms, but i cut that already for gluing. It feels really comfortable already like that. When i put the cowl and everything on together it works great. Only thing id do differently next time too is make sure the end pieces are going in the same flow of the ffabric as the middle. I only did it how mine is now because i didnt want to spend more for fabric. ITs really not the big a deal, doesnt botther me too much.

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Oh yeah duh you probably need this. Thadios@yahoo.com

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Looking awsome dude. my cape is a touch shorter at the back but in the grand scheam of things not many people are going to notice.

great work dude. :up :up

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You're making this stuff look too easy, Bryan. :lol Love the spread out look. True that I'd like to see it a little fuller when just hanging there. But like you say it's a sacrifice. If there's a happy medium I think you can find it.

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