A 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 forest green 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 small Viking-style brooch, although you may want to swap it out for one that is more substantial, or use a hidden safety pin on the back side for additional strength. The fabric in this cloak is a lovely tawny gold, with just a hint of olive. It is a medium-weight fabric, more appropriate for looking spectacular, than for actually keeping warm. The dimensions are 49" by 69". 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.