This week we are reviewing the pattern Cloak X by Cosplay By McCalls™. This line of patterns is a custom line that McCalls put out several years ago specifically for the cosplay market. These patterns are currently only available online and come on durable white pattern paper and a thicker large cardstock envelope that we like.
For this pattern Cheryl worked on the long cape and Tracy worked on the fur capelet. We used Shannon fabrics Luxe Cuddle Hide in Caviar for the body of the cape and Shannon Wolverine Fur in Taupe and black for the capelet. You can find Shannon Fabrics at many local quilt shops and fabric stores, or online at stores like fabric.com, fabricdepot.com, fatquartershop.com, missouristarquiltco.com and theminkyboutique.com. You can also view their Store Locator to find more online shops and shops near you.
Cheryl – I made the long cape. The only challenge I had using the Cuddle™ Hide was when I got to the neck facing. (The neck facing is the tube along the neckline.) Using Cuddle™ for this section was a bit thick and if I had to make this cape again, I likely would use a different fabric for this section.
Tracy – I made the small cape that sits on the shoulders. I have made capes before, but this was the first time I made one using faux fur. Cutting out the fur needs to be done carefully so it doesn’t get that “bad haircut” look. Here is a short video that Cheryl and I made while we were cutting the pattern where Cheryl discusses some great tips for working with fur.
Attaching the lining was a little tricky because the nap of the fur was pretty thick. It was fine along the neckline and center front part of the capelet, but I wasn’t liking how the bottom of the cape was stitching because the fur was so thick. I ultimately decided to hem the bottom of the lining and tack it to the fur in a few places instead of stitching the fur to the lining. It was a simple fix and I love that it allowed the jagged edge of the wolverine faux fur to look kind of like a hide.
I think it looks great and I love that I can make more of the small capes to change the overall look of the cape to make different cosplay with one pattern!As you can see from the packaging, this one pattern offers a few different options for the look and would work well with many different cosplay.
We really liked this pattern and will use it again.