Welcome to the wonderful world of cloaks. I've lived in Canada all my life, and you'know sometimes it gets cold up here and the best way to deal with that is to cover up. It is best to layer your winter clothes and the best looking layer, to me, is a cloak. It took me years to find information in the early 80s about making cloaks but I did find some and I've made several, been wearing them for years and I love them. And I've learned quite a lot about them.
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Cloaks are easy to make, and I have been saying that for years. I have had so many requests on how to make cloaks that I have desided to through together a site about making them.
Basically there are three kinds of cloaks:
- Circular Cloaks
These are all based on a circular shape, and are wraps, they come anywere from a half circle to a whole circle which has more fullness. These are the earliest of cloaks.
- Gathered Cloaks
These cloaks are gathered on/into a collar, they can be made of rectangular or multiple gores for the greatest fullness. This kind of cloak is the most spectacular, it comes into fashion in the middle age, but more common in the Renaissance. Very easy to wear and prety simple to make.
- Fitted Cloaks
sometimes tailored these cloaks may have fitted seams over the shoulder, like a Victorian Opera Cloak. These are largely modern cloaks, though there are a few from the renaissance.
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2006 March 28