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Date: 12/13/11 1:12 PM

I'm making a superhero cape to donate to my sons preschool auction. This is a high end crowd and I want it to look boutique made rather than home made. Know what I mean? For Halloween costumes, I just buy the cheap stuff at Joann, but I'm wondering if there is a sort of nicer quality costume satin out there? Of course I don't need it to be reenactment quality either. It's just a kids costume after all.

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Date: 12/13/11 1:26 PM

I like the charmeuse for a lined cape. It floats like it should and is so shiney. I have used heavy satin, nylon tent fabric, charmeuse, lining as lining as as the fabric.

I make a red/black two sided cape with a collar on the black side and use velcro to fasten at neck or a short tie with a toggle so a child can't "hang" by the neck if he get stuck! I did make one with a "superman" logo on the red, I made one with a "super Mason" on the red (my great nephew's name). So you could do nothing and offer to personallize when sold.

Don't forget the little red riding hood red cape for the girls!

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Date: 12/13/11 3:13 PM

For her December b'day and for Christmas, my about to be GD is getting/has gotten "princess" costumes and I bought the polyester satin and charmeuse from JoAnn's dressy fabric selections. Everything has been on 40% or more discount and most of the time I was able to get another total purchase discount on top of the sale price. When no sale was on, I used coupons.

This dressy fashion fabric seems to be a bit more stable than the less pricey costume fabric.

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Date: 12/13/11 5:29 PM

Great! Thanks. I wil look at the prom fabrics too then. I was actually planning to personalize the cape already. Actually, I'm making this because I felt bad not including boys last year when I made the Red Riding hood cape from Little Things to Sew: http://queenoftheflies.blogspot.com/2011/03/red-riding-hood.html

This year, I plan to make the tutu from the same book, but felt bad about the boys. Super hero capes have been huge around here since I made both batman and super why for Halloween. I need to make an extra cape to have for guests! Our preschool has an arts based curriculum and they do lots of plays, so I thought the super hero cape would be a great item. I'm going to do a spare one for my house to display and then make another personalized for the winning child.

Thanks for your help.

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Date: 12/13/11 9:22 PM

One of my favorite costume fabrics is 'dazzle'. It's a heavy satin tricot, it's commonly used for professional/amateur basketball uniforms. It's super easy to work with, when I make dance skirts, I don't even hem them. It doesn't ravel and it's very washable. It's not always easy to find, but I noticed some at fabric.com.

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Date: 12/14/11 8:27 AM

a white chef's hat and apron is also good for boys.

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Date: 12/15/11 8:20 AM

That would be fun, however in my experience, white is not the best choice for boys. Lol.

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