Sew Much Ado, but changed some of her directions. My friend is about my height (read: short) and the directions she had would have been way too...everything. Keep in mind I'm 5'3 and this left plenty of length. Mine also isn't as wide as hers. It kind of felt like a backwards cape when it was wide. If you want it wider, make it that way by all means.
You'll need about a yard of material. I used regular cotton fabric although she recommended home decor fabric. The cotton worked just fine. Also grab 2 D-rings, 18 inches of boning with fabric casing, and some matching thread. I was able to find boning at a local craft store. You'll probably have to ask for it. Not many people use it so sometimes it's hidden.
|Trim off the extra fabric from around the curved end.|
|If anyone has any tips on how to turn the pieces right side out,|
please share them! I struggle every time!
Take the 10" tube and match raw edges together. Put D-rings near fold & sew to encase.
Press a 1/2" seam at the top of the 30x30 piece (we'll call this "the body" of the piece). If you're using patterned fabric make sure you know where the top is. If you're like me and don't normally press when sewing, don't be tempted to skip this step as well as the next one. They will come in handy later!
Fold another 1/2" and press again.
Open the last fold & place the boning in the center. You should have about 5 inches of extra fabric on either side. Make sure the boning is positioned so that it's curving towards you. Pin that bad boy in place.
On the casing for the boning, there will be a little extra fabric on one side, sew along this edge.
|I just positioned it so that the foot was resting right on the|
boning. At times it slipped off, but I just re-positioned.
It may take some patience, but you'll be fine.
|Do this for both neck pieces.|
If you're unsure of the use of D-rings, it's pretty easy. Take the long neck piece and put through both rings. Then pull it back out again through only one.