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Full-Circle Cloak Tutorial by ti-DESIGN Full-Circle Cloak Tutorial by ti-DESIGN
Had to make a tutorial for the girl who is making our cloaks for Captivenia, and thought I'd share it with all of you!

The measurements are pretty basic, so you may adjust them to match the size of cloak you want.

And hey, if you make a cloak please link back to me, and send me a link so I can see the finished product! I'd love to see what you guys come up with. :D
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imonlyobsessed Featured By Owner May 17, 2015
BLESS YOU!  This has to be the most basic, easy to follow pattern for a cloak I've run across.  Thank you!
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momodreamer Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
Thank you so much for posting this! I'm making a cloak for a cosplay and was hoping to find an easy to use tutorial!
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ti-DESIGN Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
I'm glad!!!
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stellaraysteed Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
Hello! I need some help if you don't mind... I am using this tutorial to make a 44" long cloak and while getting the fabric I made a mistake and got two pieces of fabric that are 44"x44". I don't have acess to big enough fabric to cut out the whole circle like you do here so I was going to cut halves and sew them together. Is there anyway I can still make the cloak? Or do I need to get fabric that's 88" on one side?
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ti-DESIGN Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
Hello! Yes, you will have to sew two halves together. The maximum width of fabric you can buy is 60" I believe, but that's okay because when you're cutting out a half circle you only need 44" in width. The half-circles should be 44" inches deep, and the flat edge should be 88" long. Remember that you're making one big circle with a 44" radius (88" diameter). 
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sonicluke Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
Cool :)
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walkininwinter Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist
hi, i know this question may seem silly but what do you mean by wide?
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ti-DESIGN Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
The width of the fabric...?
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walkininwinter Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist
I know, I got it after Facepalm
but thank you for answering my obvious question. :) (Smile) 
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ChocolateChimchar Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
You really are my savior :D! I am making an Attack on Titan cloak for Halloween and I really needed a pattern. I'll link you to it when I've finished it :). Thanks a lot!!!
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ti-DESIGN Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Awesome! I'm glad. :)
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LizzibeeSkoler Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the pattern!!  I don't know if I'll make it, but if I do, I'll definitely credit you and link you to the pictures! :) Have a good day :D
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Greatme88 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
Gosh, thanks! Uh, I was gonna make a snk cape, do youi think a full circle will still give enough overlap?
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NikkiChan16 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
How do you make the circle :?
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ti-DESIGN Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
Step #1, my friend. :)
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NikkiChan16 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh golly I forgot I posted that 0_0 I reread it the next day and got it im so sorry
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ti-DESIGN Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
Haha, no problemo! :D
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NikkiChan16 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yay
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LunarWitchling Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! I used your pattern to make myself a cloak last night and it only took 2 hours from start to finish. I made it longer than in your directions but the hood I kept the same and I love the way it falls. Your instructions were very simple and easy to follow. When I find a clasp for it I'll send you pics of the whole thing
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ti-DESIGN Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Awesome! I am so glad to hear that! Can't wait to see pictures. :)
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DerpySloth Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I have a thin cotton fabric I'm using so I'll need to double the fabric. How should I do that?????
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ti-DESIGN Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Just cut two of every piece, sew together around the edges, flip inside out and iron to give crisp edges. Make sure that the pieces are EXACTLY the same size and are sewn together straight. But ideally, you should work with a heavier material to start with.
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Maggalaggadingdong Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Where do you find fabric that's wide enough to cut this shape without seams from sewing two sections together?
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ti-DESIGN Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well, this pattern is for a half-length cloak. To make a full-length you probably would have to use two pieces sewn together...
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buffybabe86 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
Can this be made without a hood?  I am making a Lady Loki cosplay, and I don't think it should have a hood
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ti-DESIGN Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Absolutely! But you'll have to sew on some kind of collar.
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AliMaeD Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
I have a question I am a large woman( womans plus size 30/32) and I wanted to make sure that if I made this one if it would be big enough for me.  What sizes does this fit.  And how would I make it larger if I had to?

Thank you
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LizzibeeSkoler Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Since this is a full circle cloak, it should fit almost anyone.  The gathers and folds let you hide inside.  However, if you are concerned, you can figure out whether or not it will work with some simple math.  (BE SURE TO USE THE SAME UNITS THROUGHOUT)  Measure around you (including your arms, so maybe have someone else do it) at your widest point.  Then, measure how far away that is from where the neckline would fall, and measure around your neck where the neckline would fall.  (Write all these down)  Now you know the MINIMUM length around the fabric needs to be.  Next, we need to figure out how much fabric you would theoretically have with the cloak.  Remember, since you'd hem the opening, you need a couple inches (or a few centimeters) of leeway.  First, use the measurement for the neckline to figure out how much fabric you'll have to cut out from the center.  So since you have the circumference, which is 2*pi*R, you can divide the number by (2*pi) to get R, the radius.  (or, if you like, divide by pi to get the diameter)  Then, add R (radius from your neck measurements) to the measurement you took earlier from the neckline to your widest point.  Let's call the combined number r.  This is the radius of the circle you need to calculate.  Now, use the equation 2*pi*r to get the circumference of the circle there.  If this is greater than or equal to your measurement at your widest point, then the cloak will close/fit.  If this is less than the widest point, then we need to add some fabric.  You may also want to add some fabric if the circumference at this point is very close to your measurement, because then the cloak may fall open, and you may not have many folds/gathers.  So you could do this a simple, and repetitive way, or you could do it an exact, but complicated way.  The first is to add a quarter circle to the pattern (probably in the back--then it won't be as visible).  Make sure that this will work by dividing your previous circumference by four, adding one fourth to the whole circumference, and comparing it to your measurement (continue until you have the circumference you want).  The second way is to figure out the percentage of a circle you need and round up.  Subtract the circumference of the hypothetical cloak from your measurement.  Use this new measurement (p) and divide it by the circumference (w), and multiply it by 100 to get your percentage P.  So: P=(p/w)*100.  Then use a graphing calculator (MATH enter enter), your brain (P/100), or google to figure out what that fraction is, and round up to the nearest easy fraction.  For example, if you get 18%, that's 18/100, and the closest easy fraction is 20/100, or 1/5.  If you don't want to worry about fifths, the next easiest is 25/100, or 1/4.  If any of that didn't make sense, or you have questions, just ask, I'd be happy to answer them!!  Good luck :)
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Sunset-life-renewed Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful tutorial, thank you so much for posting it!
I'm working on a lined version right now, that I'm aiming towards being reverseable. It has a faux fur trim. I'll try and post a pic when it's done. :)
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ti-DESIGN Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
You're welcome! I'd love to see what you come up with. :)
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Beaute-curieux Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great! thanks and if I do make one (which I'm hoping to) I'll definitely link it back to you :D
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ti-DESIGN Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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Nekroleptic Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Thank you so much. What would I do if I wanted one side to be longer, so I could pin the opening  over near my shoulder?
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ti-DESIGN Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
You could cut the cloak into an oblong shape, and cut the slit for the front, and then trim away the excess fabric on the one side. 
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angelfabeth Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is really useful! Thanks :) What do you suggest I do if I wanted to line the cloak? And what types of clasps do you usually use?
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ti-DESIGN Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
You would have to cut two circles for the body, sew around the outside and the front edges, turn inside out, and iron & sew along the outer edge to keep it flat (otherwise it will bubble).

I would suggest satin for a lining—feels and looks nice! As for clasps, I've used ties, buckles, ornamental clasps—pretty much anything that will clip together! I suggest getting something that is sturdy and will survive the pulling that inevitably happens while you're wearing it. But don't be afraid to get creative and try out a few different options til you find one that works for you!
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angelfabeth Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks a lot for the advice!
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lunarlink Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
i had a question on the hood. about how deep is it? and any suggestions on how t make it deeper if needed? I ask cause i happen to like a style that has a bit of excess to allow it to give the feel that, someone looking at me, cannot view the upper half of my face. kinda keeping me shrouded so to speak. I hope that makes sense xD
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ti-DESIGN Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's a fairly deep hood. I like 'em deep too. :) If you want to make it deeper, just make it 20" deep instead of 15", or whatever. But this size can definitely cast your face into shadow.
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lunarlink Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
ooooh ok thanks. a second question i was thinking off. have you ever made a cloak that had an inner lining? like say ( for example) outside is black but the inside was blue or red if the cloak is opened? if so how do you go about doing that? and what materials would you suggest for that to were its weather ready but also not to heavy( I'd obviously get a spray or something to water proof it, of course x3)
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ti-DESIGN Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
You would have to cut two circles for the body, sew around the outside and the front edges, turn inside out, and iron & sew along the outer edge to keep it flat (otherwise it will bubble).

I would suggest satin for a lining—feels and looks nice! I'm not sure what would be good to use for the outside... Wool maybe? Depends how much moisture it will be getting. I usually just pick the material that works the best for the style I'm going for (usually a heavy polyester or velvet), and just make sure it gets dried properly after I've been in the rain.
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samuraiyuki Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Hi I was wondering about a simple design change?  how should I cut the neck if I want the cloak's opening/ to button on the side/off center?
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ti-DESIGN Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well, the body would stay the same, it would just depend on how you sew the hood on, I guess.
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Salaura Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is EXACTLY what I was looking for!
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ti-DESIGN Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Awesome! I'm so glad. :D
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AgentSlytherin Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Hey, great pattern/tutorial. Question: what it we want to make a circle cloak that is much, much fuller than this? Do we need to begin cutting triangular panels and stitching them together? I'd hate to sew the wrong grains of a fabric together... thanks for your input!
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ti-DESIGN Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow, a cloak that is even fuller than a full-circle? That's intense! haha :) Yeah, I guess you would have to add triangular pieces. Just make sure that you don't pick a material with a pattern—especially stripes.
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AgentSlytherin Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student General Artist
I found a cool free tutorial online for cloaks, which lets you figure out how many triangles you need to make a cloak of any circular degree, with triangles!
[link]
And thankfully I'm using a plain-colored fabric... :)
Thanks for getting back, though!
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ti-DESIGN Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Awesome, glad you found the answer to your question! :) Happy sewing!
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Finf Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
This is a great tutorial, I'm definitely going to try making one of these!
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