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Unread 12-15-2014, 08:46 PM   #1
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Macho Man Robe?

Alright, I'm going to come out and say this, but I am a complete noob at sewing, but this next year, I want to challenge myself and make a Macho Man Randy Savage robe/cape thing like he had in the late 80s. For reference pics, here's a basic gist of what I want to do:





I mainly need to know two things: 1. What material is used here? Color doesn't matter, but what kind of material would I have to look out for?

2. How would I go about sewing on the letters/design on the robe itself?

Again, I'm a noob, so I'm sorry if these questions are juvenile or amateur.
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1. What material is used here? Color doesn't matter, but what kind of material would I have to look out for?
The two capes you show are actually two different materials. The blue one in the first image looks like a holographic lycra. (As an FYI, lycra and spandex are two words for the same material, so you can try searching for each of these words.) The magenta one in the second image is a sequined fabric.

You could probably find these general types of fabric by searching for the term "dancewear". They're pretty common for costumes worn by dancers and figure skaters.


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2. How would I go about sewing on the letters/design on the robe itself?
That technique is called applique (said like "app-lee-kay"): when you are layering one fabric onto another as a design or decoration. There are some good tutorials for doing applique out on the Internet. There's one in particular about doing it in spandex for superhero emblems, which is kinda close to this.

Between the two aforementioned materials, it'll be easier to applique onto lycra. Sequined fabric would be harder to work with because you'd have to sew over all those hard sequins. You'd probably have to do it by hand. With lycra, you could definitely do it with a sewing machine.
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Unread 12-15-2014, 11:14 PM   #3
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Thanks a bunch for the info. I was thinking of using the sequined fabric but if the spandex is a little more forgiving, I can try that. Which do you think would be better for a sewing noob? Also, I'm a bit stuck on the pattern. It looks like a modified robe with a zipper in front (Like the second image) just with bigger sleeves. Am I in the right ballpark?
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Unread 12-15-2014, 11:15 PM   #4
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The first one (fan made) is a hologram spandex (about $13/yard). The second image is a sequin fabric ($25+/yard).

For the lettering, the easiest way will be to applique. A fabric like felt wont fray so will only need top stitching, while a fabric like satin will need you to satin stitch all around the letters (a super tight zig-zag stitch). Unfortunately if you use sequin fabric you cant just make iron-on appliques because of the texture.

Here's a tutorial for appliqueing.

http://sewlikemymom.com/applique-tutorial/
http://littlebirdiesecrets.blogspot....-template.html

Fabric:
Sequin
http://www.distinctivefabric.com/fab...=DANGLESEQUIN1
http://spandexhouse.com/products.php...in%20 Fabrics

spandex
http://spandexhouse.com/products.php...vName=Hologram
http://spandexhouse.com/products.php...vName=Hologram

Cheaper options
http://www.distinctivefabric.com/fab...roduct=SEQUIN1
http://www.distinctivefabric.com/fab...=SQUIGGLESEQ11
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Also, I'm a bit stuck on the pattern. It looks like a modified robe with a zipper in front (Like the second image) just with bigger sleeves. Am I in the right ballpark?
Actually, it looks like a circular cloak to me. Well, maybe more of an oval and less of a circle. I could be wrong, but I don't think there actually are sleeves on it. I used to watch old-school WWF back in the day, and I seem to recall that Macho Man removed it like a big cape.

Anyway, you can look up cape/cloak patterns that are based on ovals and circles. The only difference is maybe adding a collar to it.
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Thanks so much, guys! How much fabric do you think I'd need? I'm about 6'4 and 245 lbs. I can look up some patterns, and if all else fails, I can do the jacket he had also with the tassels
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A pattern will get you started but at your size modifications absolutely will be necessary. I wouldn't bother buying a pattern (they will be womens sizes anyway), just look at them for shapes. Scroll down and look at the shapes in the pattern diagram, you can draft this yourself to your measurements: http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v903...hp?page_id=265

yours will be longer and more of a filled in U shape than the filled in C shape seen there, because you need it to extend down past your knees, and that pattern stops just above the knees.

For this project I see the fabric itself being more of a challenge than the pattern. Things that are stretchy tend to sag in large quantities, sequins are evil (no really, pure evil). look in the 'party' or 'special occasion' section of your local fabric store and get your hands on the fabrics to see what you will be dealing with. my gut tells me to try and find something non-stretch and also not sequined. see this stuff? https://www.onlinefabricstore.net/6m...in-fabric-.htm it's the most horrid thing out there, avoid this like the plague unless you want to descend into a depression spiral of failure.
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For this project I see the fabric itself being more of a challenge than the pattern. Things that are stretchy tend to sag in large quantities, sequins are evil (no really, pure evil). look in the 'party' or 'special occasion' section of your local fabric store and get your hands on the fabrics to see what you will be dealing with. my gut tells me to try and find something non-stretch and also not sequined. see this stuff? https://www.onlinefabricstore.net/6m...in-fabric-.htm it's the most horrid thing out there, avoid this like the plague unless you want to descend into a depression spiral of failure.
What would you suggest for this? The pattern I have in mind looks easy enough, but the material, as you said, would be the nightmarish part of this thing.
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Unread 12-17-2014, 08:50 AM   #9
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There are a lot of sparkly things out there, none of which have terribly standard names. This is a 'physically take yourself to a fabric store' task. At least to narrow down names.

When you look on the end of the cardboard that the fabric is rolled on, there is a label with manufacturer, price, fiber content, washing instructions and more. Just spend a little time reading these to get the hang of what you are looking for.

One possibility is to layer two fabrics, a purple broadcloth for color and something really sparkly for shine.
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