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The cloak body and hood are all stitched and ready for banding. Woo hoo! As I discovered when making up the full circle of this design, the back does tend to drape into lovely folds under the hoods body all on it's own. These are not as small and precise as the folds in the inspiration image, but the only way I can imagine getting those with regularity would be to tape the cloaks body to train the pleats (as I did with hubby's Waffenrock). However, in taping the garment that way I feel that the cloaks practical use becomes more limited (you can't flare the whole garment out to cover yourself with while sleeping on the march, for example).

So we've decided to not tape at this time. We may revisit that decision later, and I feel comfortable doing so since I am convinced there is more than enough fabric in the full circle to pull this look off without any sort of insertion panels.

Original Image
Original Inspiration

Cloak/Hood - Pre-Banding
Cloak/Hood - Pre-Banding

The red ribbon is only there as a placeholder; the final tie(s) will be fingerlooped, as will the attachment points at he shoulders. I will note that the top of the hood is probably wider than it needs to be, making the gaping between the attachment points more pronounced than it 'should be'. As you can see when the garment is sitting on my husband, and then looking at the inspiration image, the double thickness of the hood also exaggerates this difference....

Shoulders 'en situ'...

However, with the hood up it is clear that the design works perfectly for use, and in fact tucking the 'tails' back under the first gap between the points that hold the hood to the shoulders will secure the overall shape of the hood nicely!

Hood Up

Some set up shots for cloak trim designs. I think this will be lovely, and time consuming...

Collar, Back
Collar Back

Collar Front
Collar Front

Cloak Front, Bottom Corners
Bottom Corners
Ignore the bits where the trim crosses off the edge, we are going with overall Trim Design #3, so this is just a layout with uncut trim. ;)

Hood, Center Back
Hood Center Back - Yes, that bit at the top will be properly mitered, not just twisted into position. ;)

Hood, Tails - WITH TASSELS
Hood Tails
These are the tassels from the Roadkill Showgirl, only used here as a size/style consideration.

And just so I don't ever forget how far the trim is from the edge of the garment, and from itself (for the second row):
Don't Forget The Measure!

S couple of shots from me sewing in the car on our trip this weekend. It's actually a very comfortable set up once everything is wedged in place, and I even managed to get my trim pinning done (on the hood, not the cloak which would have been a BEAST to manage in a small space)

The Set Up
Sewing Set Up

Pattern Layout - Hood Trim (going for a basket weave on the cross overs, so order is a bit critical)
Trim Pattern Layout - Hood

In Progress
In Progress

Lastly, this is what I've gotten done so far. Not going to lie, I was totally tempted to call in sick and just keep stitching with Edwardian Farm on the Youtube and a cup of coffee at my elbow...

Trim To Date
All the edges 'run off the ends' for now, until the alternating trim bits get applied and then all the ends will get finished. Only trim #5 still left to place on this side, then the other side to be done. :)

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Date: 2013-11-25 06:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jenthompson.livejournal.com
Wow - that looks SO COOL with all the trim! What a fabulous garment!

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Date: 2013-11-25 07:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hsifeng.livejournal.com
Thankees honey! The black twill tape makes all the difference with this fashion fabric. The wool really is lovely, but tends to turn to 'warm brown' at a distance, when you can't see the heathering. :P

The black makes it pop all over again. :D

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Date: 2013-11-25 07:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brickhousewench.livejournal.com

(more fangirling later when I have time to be more coherant!)

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Date: 2013-11-25 07:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hsifeng.livejournal.com

Fangirling? Really? *blushes*

Hoping to get this project wrapped up in the next couple of weeks (or at least to the final stages, with tassel making and fingerlooping).

Thank you for the compliments honey! :D

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Date: 2013-11-25 07:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wolfsilveroak.livejournal.com
Note to self- If I ever need/want a handmade cloak, go to [livejournal.com profile] hsifeng because her works are of the awesome.

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Date: 2013-11-25 07:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hsifeng.livejournal.com
Daw! Seriously, thank you for the compliment. To be honest, I think I am mostly crazy and a little self-destructive (the tips of my sewing-needle-fingers are getting a whole new set of callouses out of this project!).

Anyone can make these things, really. You just have to be married to the idea of doing a lot of mock-up work and then engaged to your needle and thread. ;)Although, this project taught me a couple of important things in both these areas:

1) Making mini-mock ups is AWESOME;
2) Making mini-lay outs (from mini-mock ups) = time saver!

And after all, some folks have been watching me 'get this project going' for almost FOUR YEARS. So, you know, the wait can be a long one... ;)

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Date: 2013-11-26 04:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sstormwatch.livejournal.com
Looking great!

And have you shared this with the EC group yet?

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Date: 2013-11-26 04:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hsifeng.livejournal.com
Thank you! You know, I haven't even thought of showing this in the EC group. Do you think anyone would be interested? I am not really doing anything 'innovative' here...


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