As simple as it gets! A Viking-style cloak is nothing more than a large rectangle of fabric that uses a pin or brooch to give it its shape. We've dressed this one up with double rows of trim on each end. You can fasten it in the front, or over one shoulder to leave your sword arm free. It comes with a gold-tone Viking-style brooch.
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. The dimensions are 52" by 69 3/4".
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.