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  1. kimncris's Avatar
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    Dec 24, 2009, 3:03 PM - Spartan Cape #1

    I was bored today, so I cobbled this little post together from my cape build thread. Now it is all in one place for easy reference if anyone ever wants to make another cape...

    enjoy and happy building

    -cris

    Here is how I made my Comic-Con spartan cape:

    I got red linen at one of the shops in Downtown LA.





    It was expensive, so I had to settle for 3 yards. The initial plan was to use the 60" width (+ whatever) for the vertical length of the cape + maybe cutting off a little at one end to add to the bottom so that it comes closer to the floor. In the end I decided I didn't need any extra length and just used the 60" width of the bolt as the full length of the cape in back.



    thanks to our friend Van we were able to figure out some of the mysteries of the cape - so I started to sew mine together


    first I draped it over the mannaquin (thanks Kevin for the loaner!)



    then pinned it in front to hold it in place and measured the gap

    then to fill the big gaping hole in the back - I cut 10" off of one end and re-draped it with the new center and pinned in the mock hood piece








    here is the sewn piece. All draping is temp - but I needed to dye it brown to knock down the red a little



    I went with about 2 mins in a full strength RIT Brown bath. (4 oz dye 3 gallons water 1 cup salt) It came out really nice.




    the two minute sample is top right. I figured that this color matched the rest of the guys close enough -so that is what I did.


    here's the new color after the brown dye



    then I made the leather harness part

    here is the pattern - 1.25 inch straps were used in front even though in this photo they were 1.5"



    harness back


    harness front



    first I sewed the cape back to the harness


    then sewed in the tulle



    and gathered it on the mannequin and sewed it all down.




    and here's the finished cape. I added more dye to the bottom and tattered it up a bit. now 100% ready for Comic-con.







    and one crappy pic from con - we didn't get too many of the cape unfortunately...

    I was the one on the right...

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    Dec 24, 2009, 3:56 PM - Re: Spartan Cape #2

    looking good, Chris!
    iīve seen lotīs of your stuff and you never cease to amaze me. well done!
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    Dec 25, 2009, 10:20 PM - Re: Spartan Cape #3

    love the cape
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    Dec 29, 2009, 2:05 PM - Re: Spartan Cape #4

    im really diggin the weathering on the bottom of your cape
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    Dec 30, 2009, 10:31 PM - Re: Spartan Cape #5

    You guys looked totally awesome.
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    Jul 15, 2011, 10:39 AM - Re: Spartan Cape #6

    I was lookning at the following fabric:

    Dress fabrics, silk brocade fabrics, Silk Chiffon fabric,iridescent silk chiffon, fair trade silk fabrics

    given what others said on the forum, Tussah Silk is the type of fabric that Brickout used, and most closely resembles what was used on the set...

    Rubine-Red / black
    Cambodian silk tussah
    100% silk 33" wide

    There are many other red colors on the site beyond the Rubine one... can anyone help me compare which one to buy? thanks! And is 33" wide enough?

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