I am still a fresh SCAdian but I will tell you that my first Cloak
was the warmest and most comfortable thing i ever made. And i made
it just a month ago. I know that period is sooooo not what i made
but at 29 degrees i really was not in the mood to bicker.
And it was 2 seams. Yes only 2. My secret. Walmart. Right now at
walmart they have these fantastic demisuede blankets for sale. On
one side is the demisuede. Comes in light brown, dark brown, hunter
green, a deep dusty blue, and there might even be a maroon (not sure
on that color). On the suede side it has big seams where the "fur"
is poking through. On the reverse side is the "fur". They are
folded up and tied with a braided cotton rope.
Now here is the easy part. Take 2 of these blankets (that part is
expensive they were like $19 each but well worth every penny). Save
the rope you will use it. Sew the two blankets together on the long
sides. But don't sew all the way down the back. Leave about 18-24
inches not sewn. This is for ease of walking and sitting. Now you
will need to measure on yourself (or have a friend do it, it's much
more fun) how far down you want the cloak to hang. So from your
neck to mid-calf or even ancles. I recomend mid - to lower calf.
Take tha measurement and measure from the base of your new blanket
up the back seam. so lets say your lenght is 49 inches from your
calf to the neck. Find your open part of your seam and measure from
the end of the blanket up the back seam. I had about 8 iches left
over at the top. Fold it out so that the fur is showing. Sew about
2 inches from this fold from end to end. REINFORCE then end seams
leaving the fold open. Take that rope that was tied around the
blanket and run one through the collar. Gather and tie on your
The blankets are so heavy i really didn't have any problem with it
choking me. And here is a great bonus. If you tie the ends
together at the tips and spread the 'cloak' open you now have a
blanket for your overnight ventures and events. And in cold weather
it was a life saver.
I was in such a hurry for my first event that i rushed to get
something warm. And i was amazed at the people who all loved it. I
thought for sure I was going to get repremanded or at least told by
someone how is was not period. I got quite the opposite.
If my directions were confusing, don't worry i am going to draw up a
pattern or plan for it and get some pictures uploaded so you can
see. Truely, the only thing it was missing was pockets. lol.
Hope I can help keep a few of you warm out there. That cloak really
did keep me warm in 29 degree weather. I had no idea how cold it
--- In SCA-Garb@yahoogroups.com
, "unclrashid" <unclrashid@y...>
> As far as I know, long, full-length cloaks that are just big
> rectangles gathered on a drawsting or gathered into a collarband
> not period (and for a very good reason, they just don't really
> They did do something like that in half-length for very late
> but they did not generally wear them around their necks, they slung
> them over one shoulder and under the other arm.
> You would probably find a half circle cloak with fitted shoulders
> more comfortable, and that type will stay on without choking you.
> I have also found Egyptian burnooses to be very comfortable and
> practical, but they really don't go with European personas.
> Fortunately for me, they work with my persona.
> --- In SCA-Garb@yahoogroups.com, Adhaniá <skyspinner@c...> wrote:
> > You know, you're right on the practicality of cloaks.....I have
> > ones that I wouldn't wish on a donkey!
> > They are not at all warm, I always seem to be sitting on the
> end of
> > the darned thing, and the ties continually attempt severe
> > ;-)
> > However, whenever I wear one, folks go "Ooooooh", ask where I
got it and
> > sometimes even want to pet it. LOL
> > Adhaniá of Ols
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: Catelli, Ann
> > To: SCA-Garb@yahoogroups.com
> > Sent: Friday, November 25, 2005 7:04
> > Subject: [SCA-Garb] RE: Cloaks
> > I'm fond of the separate hood with a bit of a cape, plus a
> > neccessary, since the hood is wonderfully cozy when the weather
is a bit
> > nippy, And you can do whatever you want while wearing it.
> > Nothing beats a cloak for swashbuckling style, but it's not
> > practical for doing anything in, in my experience.
> > Ann inCT
> > > A friend of
> > > mine turned me on to the 1/2 circle with hood...I'm a not
> > > small woman and I get full coverage.
> > >
> > > Henna
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