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Hazel Chaz
11-20-2005, 02:55 AM
Our most ambitious workshop at Anime Los Angeles 2 will be the Jedi Cloak Workshop. Sign-ups are limited; if you want to participate, read this whole message, then go to http://www.animelosangeles.org/anime-la/2006/bin/mail.cgi?workshops and send us a note saying you'd like to reserve a spot. (We can only fit so many work tables into the room...)

The workshop will be about three hours, Sunday morning. We'll give you the patterns to make an authentic Jedi cloak to match the ones from the movies. We'll show you how to cut out your fabric, and tell you how to finish it at home. You'll learn how to take care of the pleats at the back of the neck, and various other tricks and tips to complete your own custom-made cloak.


+ Fabric (amount and preparation, see below)
+ Dressmaker's chalk (for marking fabric)
+ Long straight edge (large T-square, yardstick, meter stick, etc.)
+ Flexible dressmaker's tape measure (to measure person)
+ If possible, locking contractor's tape measure, 6 ft. or more (the hardware store variety that rolls up into the little metal box)
+ Good quality sewing (fabric cutting) scissors
+ Long straight pins


The actual cloaks used in the movies were made out of a lightweight wool, with a twill (diagonal) weave. The best fabric to use for this, would be the same thing in a twill or straight weave, or a wool blend. If you are using 100% wool, and want to be able to wash it, you will need quite a bit, because of shrinkage. A wool blend with 50% or less wool will take less (approximately 1/2 yard less), as will alternate fabrics such as heavy duty double sided flannel, rayons, fleece, etc. But nothing will look as "right" as wool. ALL fabrics must be at least 58-62 inches wide! The pattern will NOT work for 45" wide fabric.

For washable, wool Jedi cloaks:
Shorter than 5'6": 10 1/2 yards wool.
5'6" to 6': 11 yards of wool.
Taller than 6': 11 1/2 yards of wool.
(1/2 yard less for blends with less than 50% wool.)

Wool preparation: You will need to cut the wool into three sections if you are going to wash it in a normal, agitator-type washing machine. (It is not necessary to pre-cut the wool if you use a front loading, no agitator washing machine.)

First, cut off a 1 1/2 yard section, then divide the remainder equally in half. I would think it's obvious that you are cutting ACROSS the grain, selvage to selvage, but I'm saying it, just in case you are not sure... If you bought an 11 yard chunk of wool, you should now have a 1 1/2 yard piece, and two 4 3/4 yard pieces. The reason you are cutting these before you wash it, is to try to prevent the wool from wrapping tightly around the agitator, or itself, to avoid felting the fabric when you wash it. Too-hot water, or twisting, can cause felting (super shrinking) which will ruin the fabric.

Now place the fabric in the machine, the two large sections slightly ablled up and spaced across from each other. Do not wrap the fabric around the agitator! Then wash the fabric in cold water, with a little laundry soap to remove sizing, and dry it in the dryer on low heat. Then, wash it again in warm water (no soap necessary), and dry it again on medium heat. It will shrink BOTH TIMES. When done, you should have soft, slightly fuzzy pre-shrunk wool, ready to sew.

For Dry Clean Only Cloaks:
You can go with the above sizes, except use 1/2 yard less, or you can calculate it exactly, using the following formula, and save yourself some more money: Take your height, from top of shoulder against the neck to the floor, and multiply by 4; then add 48". Divide that total number by 36" to get yardage amount, round up to the nearest quarter yard. (You'll probably get a figure between 6 3/4 and 8 1/2 yards, depending on your height.)

For All Other Washable Fabrics:
Use the dry clean only measurements (above), plus another quarter yard. Wash and dry it before coming to class.

Hazel Chaz
11-28-2005, 06:20 PM


Hazel Chaz
12-16-2005, 02:47 PM
I just got off the phone with Sue Dawe. We'll be doing the workshop SUNDAY morning, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Sign-ups are limited (because we can only fit so many worktables into the Live Program room we'll be using), so if you want to participate please send e-mail to workshops@animelosangeles.org .

Bring your fabric (see prep instructions). We'll mark your fabric to show you where to cut it, and if you bring your scissors you can cut it out there.

At the end of the workshop, you'll have your cloaks sized to fit you, and cut out to size, and ready to sew together; and you'll have full instructions on how to complete your own cloak, which matches the "young Obi-Wan" cloak from the movies.