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DD wants a claok/wrap/blanket thingie- do I need to buy a pattern?

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Katymac Fri 30-Oct-15 18:49:19

She wants a hood ideally which I am a bit worried about, but is there anywhere on-line to try?

Katymac Fri 30-Oct-15 19:19:30

I have a square with a slit in it but I don't think I can add a hood to that

I'm looking at circular cloaks with hoods but she wanted something squarer

& this one is sort of half turned from my one


Katymac Sat 31-Oct-15 12:25:29

Finished (no hood)

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Katymac Sat 31-Oct-15 16:26:12

talking to myself

babymouse Sat 31-Oct-15 16:41:34

Have you looked a Pinterest or craftsy yet? They are my two go to places for random tutorials. (What you've done looks great!)

Katymac Sat 31-Oct-15 17:48:43

I used an old fashioned lead curtain weight as a button and did the loop with bias binding

I've had a commission to make another one for a friend, I'll have to buy a button & I have some leather scraps to make the loop for that

I spent a large part of last night on-line looking at loads of sites I but the hood is still beyond me wink

babymouse Sat 31-Oct-15 18:09:06

This just popped up on my Pinterest feed: ink{\]]#}a5yy_p=4424796

Katymac Sun 01-Nov-15 14:24:33

Thank I'll have a proper look at that in the week

JoffreyBaratheon Thu 05-Nov-15 14:04:50

Not strictly what the OP wants, but for anyone else reading this thinking along those lines.... As a living history person, doing late 18thC/early 19thC, I've made a few cloaks now and all have hoods. Nice schematic in this book:

Which could easily be adapted to a shorter, different shaped, cloaky thing body... My son and I spent a while winter wearing our 18thC cloaks in the house rather than light the fire in the daytime - warm as toast if made from decent broadcloth (although at £100 a metre you have to get lucky with a mill shop...)

I had an old friend who'd think nothing of walking round the local city in her 18thC cloak. No-one batted an eye-lid. But it always made me smile, spotting her in town.

As a living histry person, it strikes me there are many useful items from the past that you could adapt.

I am about to add a hood to a coat I made but never wore cos I hate the lapels. I realised I could pull the lapels right off, and replace with a hood so turning a nice cashmere/wool coat I've never worn into a staple. (Luckily I had enough of the fabric leftover). As it came with no hood, I am using the hood from another coat pattern I have, that I know will fit. I often swap things like hoods and pockets round from different patterns I already have if I prefer the one on an old thing I know fits me, or that has better pockets, or whatever.

JoffreyBaratheon Thu 05-Nov-15 14:06:52

* while = whole. Doh!

And I forgot to say it's not the cloak on the cover, but one inside like this:

Katymac Thu 05-Nov-15 14:13:56

I really like the way that is gathered at the back - I'm very interested in how it attaches on to the neckline of the coat/cloak?

I was wondering about gathering the back half to the back semi circle of the neckline and elongating the front an attaching at the collarbone using a button on each side - does that make sense?

JoffreyBaratheon Thu 05-Nov-15 15:24:56

Makes perfect sense. I'm stealing the hood pattern from a duffle coat pattern:

to put on a swishy 50s' style coat where I messed up the lapels. Not this one but it's kind of similar to this:

It's hard to find a hood that is the right depth, etc but once you find one on a garment you like, I can't see why they can't just be used wherever...

Katymac Thu 05-Nov-15 15:29:08

I had a coat like that where the lapels went back and became the hood - it was lovely & deep and kept me very warm

DD has quite a lot of hair (you can see the photos on my profile) so a deep wide hood is essential

Katymac Thu 05-Nov-15 15:31:17

I'm not tremendously good at mixing and matching - I'm still a very basic sewer- much better at embellishing

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