I honestly can't think of another way to describe this fabric. Technically, it is a green, but we're not talking shamrock green or forest green here. Even calling it "mossy" would probably be too generous. This is the type of green that doesn't appear on most color charts. It is distinctly lacking in both life and charm. It's the type of green that just wants to retire to the local swamp, and live far away from all human contact. In short, it is just exactly what a fashionable bog witch would wear.
The full-circle cloak is made from a textured upholstery velvet that is wonderfully soft and sturdy. The hood is nice and deep, to protect you from the weather, and lend an air of mystery and magic to your garb. And really, the color isn't bad at all, as long as you are expecting more of a brown than a green. The toggle-style clasp is made to look like leather and horn, but is in fact perfectly safe for machine washing.
This half-circle cloak is so versatile. Yes, it can be worn for Halloween, but it is also a great choice for LARPers, historical re-enactors, cos-players, … and bog witches.
This cloak measures 28-1/2" from the back of the neck to the bottom hem. The neck opening is 24-1/2" around.
This is a half-circle cloak. This means it uses less fabric to make, so it is considerably cheaper than a full-circle would be. It also does not weigh as much as a full-circle. But because there is less fabric, it will not keep you as warm. Just something to keep in mind when you are making your choice.
What makes your cloaks so special? Before any sewing occurs, the fabric is washed in hot water and dried on high heat. The same happens with any trims that will be used. I typically do not know the fabric content of the materials I work with, and doing this ensures that there will be no unpleasant surprises, like shrinking or fading, down the road when you wash your cloak.
The finishing touches are what it's all about! All seams are flat felled or French seamed, all hems are double rolled and double stitched, and all corners are mitered. Yes, it's a pain, and yes it takes longer to make it that way, but it means that you will not have any raw edges on your cloak that will ravel.
In short, I take a great deal of pride in each cloak I make, because I want it to be something you will wear and enjoy for years to come. These are not cheap costume pieces, meant to wear once and throw away. They are carefully crafted garments which will stand up to years of wear and tear.
Does this item come from a smoke-free, pet-free home? Smoke-free? Most definitely. Pet-free? Absolutely not. Every cloak is washed once it is completed and ready to be shipped. But if you have super severe allergies, please keep in mind that my cats do like to "help" me as I sew.