About this project
Alright! Halloween was on it's way and I could not for the life of me find what I needed for a Mcgonagall costume so I hit up Value Village and made what I could not find there. This is a tutorial for the cloak, but I'll add in a bonus step telling you what all I used for my costume in case you're interested. I should mention that I am by no means good at sewing, I am fairly clueless as to using a pattern or any such thing. This is just how I fumbled my way through, and hopefully it will be helpful to someone out on this sight. (BE WARNED. THIS TOOK ME TWO HOURS BECAUSE OF STEP 9. THIS TAKES PATIENCE.)
You Will Need
- Almost Nothing
Now fold back the edges (unless you want ragged edges) and sew them under so they're neat. (NOTE! If you want to line your cloak, this is the stage to do it in. I chose not to as I had a time limit, but you simply do this to two sheets and after hemming the edges sew them together insides facing.)
...then pull the string from one end bunching up the fabric. I'm sure there ir a technical term for this, but I don't know it. You can scrunch as much ar you need to, but be careful and take your time or you'll break your string or just pull it out completely. you might find it easier to alternate sides from time to time.
CAREFULLY take your newly scrunched cloak back over to your machine, loosen the foot a little so all it's scrunchiness will fit through alright, and run over it with a tighter stich to hold it all in place. You now have a cloak! I lieft mine plain, but feel free to embellish. Buttons,ties, togs, tassles and you more talented people could even add a hood. If your shoulders are still too wide on the cloak, either redo step 9 or just use safety pins under your cloak to hold it where you want it.
For my costume here's what I used.
1. Granny wig (in a bun it best.)
2. Small pair of reading glasses
3. Large brooch
4. Black high collard long sleeved shirt
5. Full length black skirt
6. black lace up boots
7. Wand (in this case decapitated paint brush)
8. Standard witches Hat
9. Pheasant feathers
Make sure there is a ribbon or some detailing on your witches hat that you can stick your feathers into. With the wig, put the bun slightly to one side, then tilt the hat to the side. With the hat over the wig, you can't pull it down all the way which is what you want so you can fold the point down. Also, to get the full volume in the skirts, I layered three others underneath the black one.hope you like it! <3