Cardinal Red Cloak- Red cloaks were popular in the 18th century and were all the rage in the Regency era. They are also seen in variations in the Victorian era. I have made mine more flexible by making the 18th century style hood removable so I can transfer this for other periods. I also made it a full circle from a cashmere/wool blend so it is truly luxurious and as warm as I could get! The inner collar blocks all cold breezes when it is inside the hood and the silk lining in the hood stops the wind. I felt the metal clasp was needed as from my experience I am strangled by ties or have shot buttons across the room from heavy cloaks. The hood pictures look odd because when I added the head form it was too tall, when I finally get someone to take real pictures of me wearing this I will update.
Historical Sew Monthly
The Challenge: Red
Fabric: Cashmere/Wool Blend, Coat Weight and crosswoven silk taffeta for hood lining
Pattern: Full Circle to fit wearer, collar and hood drafted from 18th century drawing and pictures of museum pieces
Year: 18th-19th century (intentionally made for multiple periods)
Notions: silk thread, cast brass clasp
How historically accurate is it? 90% given accurate materials and hand sewn throughout but made fuller than originals
Hours to complete: 20 hours of handsewing
First worn: November 2016
Total: $80 fabric, notions from stash
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Thanks for sharing all of the photos of the various red cloaks. The hood on the 1770 cloak is stunning, and the metal clasp on the 1890 cloak is very detailed and elaborate.
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