A friend of ours is a Unitarian Universalist minister, and she’s created a Unitarian Universalist superhero to use in Sunday worship with the children–Chalice Girl. To aid in that purpose, Chalice Girl needed a costume, something that she could quickly put on while ducking behind a pulpit that would still get the kiddos excited.
Tera had a pretty good idea of the basic design she wanted, but still gave me enough freedom to make something we’d both be excited about. I incorporated the UU icon of a chalice in two intersecting rings, which was fun to re-imagine in textiles. I was able to take advantage of the crazy stock of prom-dress material in the fabric store, so Tera’s cape is a fabulous hot pink with silver glitter. The cape has snaps at the neck, so it can be quickly and securely fastened.
To attach the appliqued fabric to the cape I used double sided iron adhesive and then stitched over the designs with yellow and pink thread. The silver and gold is 4-way stretch lycra, one of my favorite fabrics ever, which was also used for the stretchy wrist cuffs. You can’t be a super hero without wrist cuffs!
My favorite part of this project was making the flame. It’s got the gold lycra layered with some shiny swatches I got for free.