Thank you so much for this! I'm attempting (ha!) a reimagined fem!Loki cosplay for a con next month and I really wanted to do a cape but had no idea where to start. This is perfect, and so simple even I can follow it
I really love the designs you've done for this! I was wondering though... how long was the cape in the end? I've been looking for some good ways to attach the cape for my own Loki cosplay but it's hard since the cape will be very heavy since I'm making it to come down to the floor when I stand in the costume.
Hmm, I think it ended up being about 5 feet. It didn't quite brush the ground as I walked (which I wanted, since convention center floors can get nasty), and I was lucky that the broadcloth was just about the perfect width once I ironed it out. You also have to remember to allow for draping-- in the actual movie cloak, it looks like there are panels sewn in to give it a wider, more billowing effect, and some of the folds are sewn in, particularly in the areas around the armor.
The fabric I used was also a very high end cotton, so it had that rich, gorgeous color and billowing effect without weighing too much. You don't say what kind of fabric you're using, but there's no reason you can't use the button/loop fastening trick I used. You might have to double or triple the number of loops and buttons (especially if you're using something heavy like wool), and maybe get some stronger cord instead of ribbon, but the concepts should still work.
I suggest you invest in a few yards of muslin to experiment and see what length works best for you (this is when having a dressform/cosplay buddy comes in handy). That way you can spend like 3 bucks and make a mock-up that will allow you to play around with the shape and drape until it's just right.
The green was a cotton blend, I think. Lightweight, but with a sheen to it. I bought it at JoAnn Fabrics; I believe it was Kona Cotton, but I can't remember, sorry. :< The black material was a thin pleather material from the home decor section (I think it was meant for reupholstering couches), and the gold is a golden pleathery material from the costume section.
I always, always shop sales and use as many coupons as possible, so I think I got the green fabric for about 3 bucks a yard, and the pleather types for 6. You can always use cheaper materials, I'm just super finicky about texture, weight, and appearance. I was going for a certain look and didn't stop until I found what I was looking for. That said, if you have any experience in dying fabric, you might want to invest in a few full/queen sized cotton sheets. Depending on your timeline, it might be more cost-effective, and would give you greater control over the color of green. Overall, the costume was one of my more expensive endeavours, but I also have a lot of leftover fabric to play with, so.... given how much I used, maybe 60-70 dollars for the whole thing? The corset itself probably cost about 30 in and of itself, and ungodly amounts of time (because I don't like making corsets in general, and it can be very, very tricky to make one for yourself without a buddy to help with tucking and fitting).
One other alternative you might want to try is buying a premade corset for a base and then just building on top of that. I didn't because the only ones I could find in my size would not come in time for me to do the detailing I wanted to do (the downfalls of having a large bust... sigh) You might be able to get some nice results with a silkier material than pleather, not to mention cooler (the corset was uber hot and sweaty and gross, but I looked pretty cool, ahah)
I keep digging up these old photos of progress pieces, here's a pic of the corset when it was 90% done (just had to sew some tacking in place) [link]
To be honest, corsets are some of the most difficult things I've ever made, and I've been cosplaying/costuming/sewing for over ten years. What, specifically, are you having trouble with? I might be able to give some tips based on all the experimenting we had to do in the past.
Simplicity pattern 5006 for underwear/corsets. Here's a pic on eBay, although if you live near a Joanns you can get them there, too (and for less if you shop with coupons) compare.ebay.com/like/26113263...