Darling hubby and I have gotten some medieval clothing for wearing to faires.
We’d both like cloaks, in case it gets cold, but after having tried on a few ready made ones, they felt very heavy (cotton twill) and the hoods slip backwards and choke us, or they’re flimsy panne velvet (which isn’t really appropriate for the look).
I’m thinking about using wool, but I’m not sure what’s lightweight but warm, doesn’t ravel, and wide enough to accomodate the pieces.
I realize I could just make a big circle and let it hang to let the bias hang out, but I’m concerned that a full circle cloak will be too heavy and have too much material in it. A 3/4 circle may have the nap going in the wrong direction or bias in the wrong spots, and a 1/2 circle doesn’t close. I’m wondering if a fitted shoulder might be better than a flat circle shape.
I’ve found McCalls M8936, Simplicity 5794 and 9887, and Butterick B4030 online, but it’s hard to tell from an online picture what the pieces look like, or the instructions.
Does anyone have any recommendations or experience in making this kind of cloak? Comments about fabric choice, hood design, patterns, trim, closures, sewing techniques are all welcome.