Attaching A Cloak Hood

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How to Attach a Hood to a Cloak

- JulesK's Hood Tutorial

These tips apply to any hood, not just the Fellowship hood

I have assembled my hood with liner tacked in place and now am ready  to join it to the cloak body

First, find the center of hood (note: liner - the blue piece - pushed out of the way)  and pin to center of cloak neckline . Then pin the ends of hood-  leaving enough material to turn under- to ends of cloak neckline- again leave about in. at least to turn under (see red dots!).  Baste entire  neckline in place, easing* material to fit.

A Cloak Body (inside)

B Hood Lining (pushed out of the way)

C Hood (inside)



Pin center and ends to allow for even easing.

Note red basting thread has eased the hood to the cloak body, hood lining is still pushed out of the way!


The hood is now sewed to the cloak neckline, but the neck of the lining is not .  The rear outside view  of the cloak hood can be checked for even gathering.  Once I am  satisfied the ease* is as good as I can get it, I sew the seam flat with a zigzag stitch. While zig-zagging the seam allowance is not necessary unless you are working on fabric that unravels very easily (like the real Stansborough wool!), it will flatten it a bit.

Note that lining is still unattached to cloak body! seam can be seen on the inside of cloak

B Hood Lining

D Finished neck seam - with Lining

(B) still not attached.



A Cloak Body (outside)

B Hood (outside)



Then you can pull the lining down  and fold under, hand stitch or use bias tape to attach liner and cover stitching. (The blue liner to blue cloak does not photograph well, so I am using a interior shot of my Fellowship hood.  Also note that the Fellowship cloak hood has much more material to ease.)

Time to attach the liner to the inside of the cloak body. Hide that ugly seam!

A Cloak body (inside)

B Hood Lining

D neck seam of lining joined with bias tape



The rear view of the hood, I'm using fishing weights in the tip of  the hood to help straighten it while it hangs before hemming.

Front view of the still unfinished cloak.  But the hood is done!!

*About "easing":

Easing is simply the term used to make two pieces fabric fit together when one is a little larger than the other. A common method is used with sleeve caps before pining them into the armhole: stitch-2 widely  spaced parallel stitches to gather the material evenly then baste the pieces together.

It is also possible to  ease while machine sewing-some folks find this easier-set machine  for straight stitch of 4, place longer of the fabric (hood) under the  shorter (cloak neckline) and against the feed teeth.  Then as you sew, the feed teeth ease the lower longer fabric into the top  shorter fabric.  This takes some practice, use muslin till you get the hang of it. If you only need to "ease" a little, you can just stretch the smaller piece to match the larger and pin frequently!

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