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Date: 6/13/12 12:32 PM

I wish to make a full-length cloak with a lined non-pointy hood. The cloak would be of a full-circle. I want to use it for formal occasions, not for just a one-off Halloween Party.

Which method would be best? A full circle with a seam down the back or a full circle constructed with gores? I would like the hood to be quite roomy - not the size on anoraks. Please help...
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Date: 6/13/12 4:43 PM

I own such a beast--it's vintage, emerald green velvet, lined in white satin.

It's actually more structured than just a circle--it looks like it has some kind of shoulder to it. I'd look for a pattern to one of those little capelets that were so in a couple winters ago, and extend the length.
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Date: 6/13/12 5:27 PM

You will definitely want shoulders in your cloak. Without them, it will pull at your neck, which is very uncomfortable (cloaks are *heavy!*). Unless you're using some sort of fabric that will look bad with seams--and at the moment I can't imagine what that would be--you'll get as much fullness and sweep as you want using gores. It's also difficult to cut a full circle cloak from one piece of fabric for an adult, as most fabrics just aren't wide enough.

Simplicity 5794 makes a lovely cloak, although I've not worked with it myself (my MIL has made it).

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In reply to selina.street9

Date: 6/14/12 8:18 PM

Folkwear pattern, Kinsdale cloak,is a great pattern with a hood that doubles as a great collar. I have made it out of wool and cotton twill for an Revolutionary War reenactment. It was warm and comfortable. It is still for sale at the Folkwear site.
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Date: 6/14/12 9:59 PM

I was just going to post about the Kinsale cloak pattern too. It looks enormous! But seems to fit the requirements of the original post.
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