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This cloak looks and feels absolutely amazing when you slip it on. If I were to keep one of the current batch of cloaks, this would be the one, hands down. I just love it. The fabric is lovely brocade that looks like it's straight from the Middle Ages. It drapes and moves beautifully, with no stiffness or scratchiness. The colors are difficult to describe. The base is a medium brown that has a slight purplish cast to it. And the quatrefoils are a muted greenish gold. Where the two sides meet in the back, I took care in matching the pattern, so that the seam is nearly impossible to see.
This cloak measures 49 1/2" from the back of the neck to the bottom hem. The neck opening is 19" around. That's me in the pictures. I'm 5'9" tall, and it is plenty long on me. Shorter people may find it drags the ground.
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. 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 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.