Member since 6/13/12
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...
Member since 1/26/07
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.
Member since 12/13/08
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).
~Gem in the prairie
Member since 11/3/10
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.
Member since 11/10/06
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.