Added Jan 3, 2010
Murray, Utah, Un...
Simple, but good. Unlined black cloak of corduroy. I really like the pattern for this, so I’ll probably be making more of them.
I think that whole outfit looks really awesome, actually. Underneath the cloak I am wearing 1400s-1500s kirtle, which has short sleeves and laces up the front to be form fitting. These kirtles were worn with long-sleeved smocks underneath, and often another long sleeve of a different color was pinned over the short sleeve.
Here’s the conundrum of making cloaks. Unlined cloaks are not that useful at keeping you warm (especially this cotton fabric), which is a primary reason that people buy cloaks (I think?). But I figure unlined cloaks are a lot more likely to sell, due to price. On the other hand people like how lining looks on cloaks. I just don’t know if they’re willing to pay twice as much just for the look of lining. Especially since I don’t use shiny fabrics like satin, which is mostly what people expect in a cloak.
The light weight of this cloak does make it a perfect candidate for summer events like ren faires. People love wearing cloaks to those things. It’s the easiest way to wear a costume, and goths like them anyway, and goths also like ren faires. And pagans too. I’m talking about people who would own a cloak with more intentions than just for faires. This is a way better choice than the cheap, mass-produced polyester costume things, by virtue of the fact that it’s cotton, so it looks and feels better. More hardcore historical costumers will probably have thick wool cloaks, which are no good at all in the heat. This cloak gives you both the style and the comfort.
Fabric: 100% cotton corduroy… Notions: thread, frog button.
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