Twilight Style Coat for Jane
In light of the up and coming, and sadly last, Twilight film, I thought I would share a project I put together a year ago for the my daughter to attend the Dallas Twilight Convention. She wanted to win the costume competition and go as the witch twin, Jane, a member of the Voluturi. I felt like I just threw the costume together, but when it was all done, the project was a beautiful, warm, coat made from a nice mid-grade suite fabric with a flannel lining.
The Image below from Amazon/Barbie served as the best full length image I had to work from. I was super pregnant and very tired and was concerned about finishing the project with just a night to start and finish, but between two patterns and a lot of fabric, it all worked out. For the coat portion, I utilized Butterick pattern B5425, dress ‘B’. For the cloak hood, I used the hood portion only from Easy McCall’s Costumes pattern M5957
We chose two fabrics. One, a nice, solid, black suit fabric from JoAnn’s and for the lining, a maroon flannel material that is both soft and warm (and what I had in my stores!) I was concerned the black suit fabric would not be heavy enough for a coat, but since it was a costume I over looked this point. However, this is a substantial coat. Had I chosen a more weighty fabric, the coat as a whole would have been too heavy to sew or to wear.
I completed the coat per all the instructions in the pattern with the exception of the straight collar. I used the patterns and instructions for the hood on the McCall pattern. Per the instructions provided by Butterick, I attached the cloak hood in the same manner and time as it covers the straight collar. I added a couple overlaps because the hooded collar was longer than the seam of the coat collar. I placed them at 1” intervals, centered, towards the back of the cloak collar.
My daughter still wears this coat when it gets cold enough in Dallas - even to school in front of her friends - which I have learned is the ultimate test. The gentleman with Tiffany in the image above is known as The Real Edward Cullen. Sweet boy, and he does a great Edward impression.
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