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Date: 10/21/12 3:44 PM

I am looking to make a cloak for myself. I'd like to make it of a little higher quality fabric than costume fabrics as Ill be wearing this probably 5 or 6 times a year. I haven't been able to find anything I like locally (we only have a small Joann, so not surprising).

I don't have a problem shopping online but I don't know what fabrics are like based on their names (drape, thickness, suitability for cloak making, etc)...would anyone be able to give recommendations of fabrics to use? I was thinking a black satin or something similar for the inside and then something black (not crushed panne or broadcloth) for the outside. I've got an awesome silver fastener to hold it on.

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Date: 10/21/12 5:20 PM

HPfan,

What are you looking for in terms of warmth and price range? Also, are you trying to recreate a specific look (like from Harry Potter, etc)? That could impact your fabric choices a lot.

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Date: 10/21/12 7:28 PM

I'm wanting to make something for a rennaisance fair. I don't want it to be cheap and costume-y but on the otherhand, I don't want to spend $300 on it either. Ideally I'd like to keep it under $100 but that may be smewhat difficult since cloaks use so much fabric. Light to middleweight...the fairs are in the spring and summer mainly.

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Date: 10/21/12 8:58 PM

If I was making a cloak for the summer I'd be using something light weight like voile or lawn-- but they tend to be sheer-ish and may not give you the look you want.

This textured black cotton might be nice, and it's light weight. Or maybe this cotton poplin which is blouse weight. A light weight linen may also be an option and has a nice earthy look to it... more expensive but it would be cool. Just thinking out loud here

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Date: 10/21/12 9:30 PM

Thanks for the recommendations. I think I like the poplin...I wish the Internet had feel capabilities :-). Im not so sure about the pattern on the cotton. I think bad experiences with broadcloth and quilting cotton (hold it up to light and you can see through it) has me thrown off of cotton...I need to try some heavier stuff.

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Date: 10/21/12 9:44 PM

If you are lining this cloak (and interfacing the neckline and front openings) I don't think you should worry about 'see-through' cotton. The lining will take likely care of that problem.

You can order samples from the online stores. I like the idea of the textured black cotton that Chemical suggested. It will be fairly see-through until you add the lining. But it will also be relatively cool, not extremely heavy (are you doing a full-length cloak?) and not 'cheap' looking. And since it's textured it may not need as much ironing to keep it looking good. (If you go with a polyester your ironing/pressing problem would be solved permanently; you'll be trading that good feature for a somewhat warmer-feeling garment.)

I'd order the lining at the same time to save on postage. The one problem with the Fashion Fabrics Club is how long it takes them to ship sometimes...

How many yards will you need?

Edited to add:
Just for your information: I generally think of poplin as lighter in weight than broadcloth but may tend to be a bit smoother and more tightly woven. Quilting weight fabrics can be printed on either one; quality varies widely when it comes to quilting fabrics.


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Date: 10/22/12 0:43 AM

I don't think lightweight cottons like broadcloth, voile, or lawn will give you anything like the drape you want in a cloak (they're all too lightweight, plus the broadcloth would be a little too crisp and the voile/lawn too floaty). If you want to keep it extremely lightweight, I would go with linen (probably the 5.3 oz linen from fabrics-store.com). I've also made lovely unlined cloaks from corduroy, which drapes beautifully but contributes very little in the way of warmth if you intend to wear it in the cold. ;)

Wool is also another *very* good option--a lightweight wool flannel will be cool enough for warmer days, as well as just LOOK right, with a nice drape and a period-appropriate texture/weave... but it will run you about twice what the linen would cost. Cotton twill also works nicely, if you want to stick with cottons.

If you wanted something fancier, I'd look at velvet, velveteen, drapery weight taffetas, damask, etc.

The satin will add warmth to whatever you end up using, so keep that in mind when ordering. It also comes in various weights, so that's another thing to look out for.

Have fun!
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