So a woman contacted me and asked if I could do capes. I had just completed 140 felt superhero capes for our church vacation bible school. Their theme was Jesus is My Superhero and the director wanted all of the students to have a cape for the program. Four bolts of pink and blue felt later, we had a program of over 100 kids in capes.
I thought maybe she saw my handiwork and was interested in getting something made. I was intrigued by a grown adult wanting a superhero cape. On further questioning, I find that she wants a cape for her evening gown. Wow, that would be a bold statement! But, not to judge, I was all for the creative challenge.
I work in an environment where most of the employees spend a great deal of time in graphic novels. As a result of that, many discussions contain superheroes. There are often arguments over who is the true superhero, Batman or Ironman. I was not too surprised at this request. I have made capes before. I once attempted a superhero cape for a 12-foot tall inflatable man, but that is a story for another blog post. I know, it is not something most sewist have on their resume. I was a little curious so I asked her to send me some pictures from the internet. “Show me what you have in mind”, I told her. (What did we ever do before the internet? Whatever you can dream up, there is an image out there somewhere for something almost identical.)
Three images, 4 yards of black organza and one fitting later, I have truly crafted her two capes to wear with her evening gown.