So many of you have been asking for black cloaks, and I finally found the perfect fabric! It is lighter-weight than most of my cloaks. More appropriate for a brisk autumn day than the depths of winter. But it still has enough weight to it that it drapes and flows beautifully. It's perfect if you'll be indoors most of the time, and want to look spectacular without sweltering.
This cloak measures 451/2" from the back of the neck to the bottom hem. The neck opening is 24" around. That's my husband in the pictures. For reference, he is 6'4" tall. This cloak will work best for someone who's on the tall side.
This is a full circle cloak. That means it has a lot of fabric in it. This is the type of cloak that makes otherwise staid and sober adults want to twirl around until they can no longer stand up straight. With a full-circle cloak, you can throw one side over your shoulder to keep in your body heat even more effectively. The only drawback to full circle cloaks is that they are also heavier. Just something to keep in mind when you are making your choice.
If you have any questions, please ask, and I'll do my best to answer. If you are looking for something similar, but with different measurements, let's talk! Email me and tell me what you have in mind. Before any sewing occurs, the fabric is washed in hot water and dried on high heat. 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 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.
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. The wire used for this clasp has been plated to make it silver-tone.
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.