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lestats_violin
10-11-2011, 10:09 AM
Hey guys,
Despite having worn my Batwoman costume on several occasions, it's still a WIP. I still have my boots to finish and my gloves to figure out, and a little minor details I wanna fix up here and there, but what I need suggestions on is the cape...
My cape is black and red Satin with a wingspan of something like 6-8 feet. I've not measured it since I made it and several adjustments were made so I don't exactly remember.

Anyways, I used to have wooden dowels in the top edges of the cape so that I could hold it up and you could see it fully extended, but one broke because the cape is so long that when I wasn't holding them the dowels would half drag, half stick up and it was really annoying. So the past couple of times I have just let the cape hang loose, and while that is more comfortable and works better for walking/blowing in the wind.

But I miss being able to extend my cape!

I was thinking of taking apart some of those little umbrellas that pop out and open, or maybe like a toy lightsaber or something? I'm trying to think of telescopic things that spring open that are fairly small closed up but fairly sturdy open... Any ideas??

Gee2
10-15-2011, 11:59 PM
Don't know if it helps but a few years ago a company called California Costumes made a set of Gargoyle wings that were hinged and made from plastic and they actually flapped. The "wings" were a painted fabric but if you were able to find a pair you may be able to retrofit with your cape fabric and use the framework.

lestats_violin
10-16-2011, 11:37 PM
Hmmmm interesting... I will look into this. I don't need it to flap, but if there's a way to just hold up the whole cape for pics without it being too cumbersome when I'm walking, that's what I'm looking for.