This would be an excellent choice for someone on a budget that doesn't need all the bells and whistles. This half circle cloak is a chocolate brown color that will make a lovely accent to just about any outfit.
The fabric is a heavy weight linen-look that will easily pass the "10 foot rule", if you wish to wear it for historical re-enactments. (To be perfectly clear: linen-look describes the weave of the fabric, not the content. I do not know the fabric content for certain, but it is almost certainly part synthetic). This cloak is machine washable and easy to care for.
This cloak will keep you warm on chilly evenings most of the year. In the depths of winter, you may need something heavier, or you may want to wear a few more layers underneath it.
This cloak measures 40" from the back of the neck to the bottom hem. The neck opening is 25" around.
My husband makes the clasps for my cloaks, handworking the copper wire, and work hardening it as he goes, to make each piece as durable as it is beautiful.
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.