The Challenge: Outerwear
Fabric: Wool and Linen
Pattern: My own! Based on several extant cardinal cloaks
Year: 1770's - 1780's
Notions: The clasp when I find it...
How historically accurate is it? The cut & fabrics are accurate. However, the "hidden" seams are machine sewn. The visible seams are hand stitched with cotton thread.
Hours to complete: 2, maybe.
First worn: Hopefully this winter
Total cost: The wool fabric was $5.90 at my local thrift store. The linen lining was stash.
I decided the one period I actually tend to have dresses for but no outerwear for was 18th C. I needed a red cardinal cloak like every other American historical costumer between the ages of 9 and 40 ish who also gets giddy about blue gowns and going to balls at the Governors Palace for reasons embedded in our childhood.
The wool I picked up at the thrift store was a nice medium weight and just enough to make a decent half circle cloak. The hood is just two 15" squares sewn together, gathered at the back, and a small oval shaped piece of wool placed over the gathered hole in the back of the hood.
I might make some small changes to the cloak but, overall, it's wearable.
EDIT: Found the camera. :-) Even took photos outside to have the nice natural lighting.