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Question about sewing capes...

Postby timone317 » Tue Sep 18, 2012 5:29 am

I rarely come here and when I do it's just to ask questions...hope no one minds that.

I'm in the middle of making a cape for a custom. The cape is double sided with one red side and one blue side and I have the cape design drawn out on both pieces of fabric. When it's completely done I want the thread to be hidden and I want the entire cape to be flat and I have no idea how to make that happen. I sewed a little for Home Ec. in high school but I never took it seriously, and the only thing I really completed was a weird star shaped pillow full of styrofoam beads. If I remember correctly, I took two pieces of fabric, drew the star design on the pieces, put the two pieces through a sewing machine, and right before I sewed it completely I had to leave a small hole on one of the star tips which would allow me to pull the entire star through and then insert the beads. After I pulled the fabric through the hole it looked like an actual pillow, you couldn't see the connecting thread, and it held the beads in with no problems. How can I achieve those results with the cape and then flatten it? If I use the method I described I'd be left with cape that resembles a pillow case and I really can't have that. I also don't want to resort to glueing it as I want the cape to still be able to flow a little.
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Re: Question about sewing capes...

Postby Green Skin » Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:42 am

Just iron it when you are done, then it will sit flat.
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Re: Question about sewing capes...

Postby timone317 » Tue Sep 18, 2012 5:08 pm

I'll try it out. It doesn't sound like it'll combine the two fabrics and get rid of the open space between them but I'll give an update after I try it out.
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Re: Question about sewing capes...

Postby Green Skin » Tue Sep 18, 2012 5:51 pm

It's not going to combine the 2 fabrics, for that you need glue, but it will flatten them out and make them keep the flatness.
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Re: Question about sewing capes...

Postby timone317 » Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:21 pm

Guess I'm getting confused. You mean Elmer's glue? Or some other brand of glue? I bought Fabric Fusion pens and apllied them to smaller pieces of fabric to try the material out but I was just left with a mess after using them.
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Re: Question about sewing capes...

Postby Mighty Tom » Wed Sep 19, 2012 2:07 pm

i'm not sure what its called but there's this stuff thats like webbing that you put between 2 pieces of fabric and then iron it and it sticks together.
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Re: Question about sewing capes...

Postby timone317 » Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:18 pm

You mean Stitch Witchery? I saw the material referenced in this article.

http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/tutorials ... capes.html

I just couldn't find the material on my last store outing. Hm...if it does work, I'm not sure how I could use it to achieve the results I want. Truth is I wanted to follow that guide and end up with a bendable cape but it seems like it would be safest to sew the cape as well...but if I do that then I'd have to find a way to get the bead wire and Stitch Witchery inside of the hole I leave in the cape after sewing it...hm.
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