When basic black just won't do, this beautiful blue cloak needs to be on your wish list. So versatile and yet so very stylish. The fabric is a medium-weight woven material that is soft and comfortable. Perfect for brisk autumn days (or deep winter, down here in the South).
This is a full-circle cloak. It is on the short side, compared to most of the cloaks I make, and would be a good choice for a smaller person, or perhaps a child. The length from the back of the neck to the bottom hem is 34" long, and the neck opening is 26" around. That's my husband in the pictures. For reference, he is 6'4" tall.
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. 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.