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Hello again,

Project No2 The Ultimate Cowl for costume v1.1!

As I've mentioned before the rubber cowl I'd used for my first attempt at my BATMAN costume was a tempory measure, well now the fun begins, to create the ultimate cowl!

Drawings complete, material for template purchased ... no excuse but to start ...
  
My idea is to create a template (or 'toile' say twarl to use its true name) using some cheap material, then once I'm happy with it, after much taking apart and putting back together to get the right look and fit, to take the whole thing apart and use this as the 'pattern' or template to cut the real material for the finished cowl.

I'll be using the same material as I've used for the cape and the ultimate plan is to create the 'all in one' cape and cowl look ..... if possible!
 
First step, is the oversized bib which like every piece i'm cutting is way over sized to allow me to cut to the correct shape at a later date .... eight pieces later and some cursing at a sewing machine, that I have no idea how to use, I have what can only be described as something that resembles what a nun would wear!

Twelve hours later and I've actually got something that is starting to look like the "Holy Grail" of BATcowls.....


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Okay. You just got me all excited! Cant wait to see how this turns out.
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:0) i'll be posting an update laters!

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Look forward to seeing how this turns out.

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Looks interesting. Keep us updated!

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Fabric cowls are so underrated! Can't wait to see it!
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This could be very cool! I can't wait to see how this turns out!

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A couple of updated pictures of how things are progressing with my ultimate BATproject, a material cowl project!

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The experimental front gets attached in a short while!

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The back looks promising. I'm excited to see how you do the face.

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Still waiting for updates emoticon

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Hey BATfans ....

OK, so I've been a bit busy on other things lately but over the Easter break I've been able to progress a bit further ... so here's some piccys of exactly how far I've got!


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And here is a the face plate (made from material as well) that will go inside the front of the face, that can be removed enabling the rest of the cowl to be washed!

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Seriously, I actually can't believe how this is working out .... it's taking it's time, what with other things I have on etc, but I actually think I'm getting somewhere near to the "Ultimate BATcowl"!


I've tried this on and it actually falls down the back of my shoulders and looks VERY near to what is drawn in the comics .... the fun will really start when I start to take it apart and cut the pieces from the actual black material. Have to also make a decision of whether to actually attach the cowl to the cape once it's complete, so creating an all in one effect or to keep it separate.

Every morning I look at the cowl on the mannequin and can't quite make my mind up yet, maybe once its produced in its real material, that will help with my decision!

I wonder if BATMAN had this problem, lol


Hopefully I'll be posting more in a few days :0)


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 emoticon Digging the Arkham-ish look.

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Very cool progress.

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Very cool. The one thing I would suggest is making the nose a little shorter. Other than that, this is going to kick all kinds of ass.

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Aye, it looks a bit like a "beak" in its present form, but once it's pushed in to the face with the face plate underneath it looks totally different :0)

And bear in mind this is on a mannequin so it looks a bit 'baggy", but the idea is once it's in the stretchy black material the cape is made from it should hopefully fit the contours of my face/head! (well, that's the plan lol)

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Aye, it looks a bit like a "beak" in its present form, but once it's pushed in to the face with the face plate underneath it looks totally different :0)

And bear in mind this is on a mannequin so it looks a bit 'baggy", but the idea is once it's in the stretchy black material the cape is made from it should hopefully fit the contours of my face/head! (well, that's the plan lol)



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Nice work, man. I'm going that route, but I'm using the top half of a pepakura bat-cowl as a helmeted piece for structure.
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Wow! You could totally market those or just the pattern!

Jealous!
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I think you should make the cowl and cape seperate, that's how I imagined it always was in the animated series.

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That is amazing. I need to learn how to sew.

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Lol, believe me I can't sew .... but was tired of asking for favours, so decided to have a go myself!

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Lol, believe me I can't sew .... but was tired of asking for favours, so decided to have a go myself!


Really?! It seems you have a natural talent for pattern making!

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I am really pumped to see this bad boy completed. Very few cloth cowls around as it seems.

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Too cool! Nice to see it coming to its shape.
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Always thought there should be more cloth floating around. Great stuff.
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OK, here's the start of the cowl in the black material that matches the cape ... this is only a couple of images, will try and take a few more laters as both sides/ears are now complete!

I've actually tried the cowl on and I can't believe how it's working ... as the material is stretchy it's doing exactly as I wanted it to do and hugging the contours of my face.

Hopefully sometime this week i'll have the front face piece in place .... can't wait :0)

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What you're seeing is the material 'pinned', it's now been sewn, like I say, hopefully i'll get a couple of more up later!

Have to say the silhouette of the cowl with the cape is just what I'm looking for!

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Awesome that it's following your vision and meeting your expecting. Looks good from this side of the laptop. emoticon

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Ok, here's a few more pic's,

The material is now sewn rather than pinned ...

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Amazing work so far!

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