Christine as Barbara Gordon, New 52 version. Photography by the incredible DROO.
cowl by reevzfx
And god, do we ever LOVE those cowls! Honestly, best Batgirl cowl on the market by far.
It can certainly be a struggle, especially if you’re working with slippery fabrics –– just getting them to line up perfectly is a huge ordeal, I find.
My trick over the years has been to cut one, then use the first to cut the other, instead of using the pattern. I also make sure I have a massive working space, even if it means moving furniture so I can get the cape spread out COMPLETELY instead of trying to do it folded over. I also try to have at least one of the fabrics be decently stiff/thick; not only does this help the cape stand out a bit more instead of just plunging down like a liquid, but it also makes it easier to sew.
And take your time. Take tons of time pinning the first (cut) layer to the second (uncut) layer, and when you have them both perfectly laid out and pinned together, don’t take them apart again until they’re sewed. That way nothing gets out of alignment, and you can spend as much time as you like making sure they’re completely aligned.
If your cape doesn’t have a scallop, you can open up the cape and stitch the seam allowance down to one side, with your stitch line as obscenely close to the “ditch” as possible; this will force the fabric to turn better and you’ll have cleaner edges. If you can’t do this (likely because you can’t do this well with scallops) then take your time with an iron, pins and your fingers to gently roll out every edge to its fullest, iron them out flat, and then topstitch so they stay that way; otherwise you end up with puffy edges. If you have a two-coloured cape, remember to change out your bobbin so that you don’t end up with a contrast topstitch on one side; imho this almost always looks tacky as all hell, it looks a lot nicer when the top-stitch colour matches the fabric colour.
If you’re still having trouble with the pillowy look even after tacking the seam allowance and/or topstitching, be sure that you aren’t weighting the cape down with tons of excess seam allowance, too. I tend to serge my capes so they have almost nothing in there, but even on a straight-stitched cape it doesn’t need more than 1/4” seam allowance at most. Or, hell, make sure you’re clipping your corners/curves; fabric can’t turn out into nice points and scallops if the fabric is bunching weirdly, so try slashing tiny lines into the seam allowance of your curves and trimming the corners down to 1/8” (or as close as you dare) so that they can turn out properly.
Hope that helps!
Blue and gold dupioni in 100% silk on sale for $12/m for my Renaissance gown? Absolutely.
"I suppose every man is shocked when he hears how frequently soldiers are wishing for war. The wish is not always sincere; the greater part are content with sleep and lace, and counterfeit an ardour which they do not feel; but those who desire it most are neither prompted by malevolence nor patriotism; they neither pant for laurels, nor delight in blood; but long to be delivered from the tyranny of idleness, and restored to the dignity of active beings."
Samuel Johnson: Idler #21 (September 2, 1758)
We’ve pretty much stopped wearing colored contacts. When we do actually wear them like Jenn with supergirl, we normally get them from pinkie paradise.
Belated #N7day post! The renegade and paragon velvet cupcakes I made for @ashazzminscreed for her birthday :)