18th-century Cardinal Cloak


Cardinal cloaks were popular in the 18th century and early 19th centuries. This is a pdf sewing pattern to make a cardinal cloak for yourself. (There will be no print pattern shipped to you, so make sure you can print the pattern yourself.) The cloak is a half-circle cloak that is gathered at the back neckline to make it fit better over your shoulders. It has slits for arms and a stand-up collar. A detachable hood has a typical 18th-century shape with gathers at the back and a scalloped yoke collar. The hood can be attached to the cloak with ribbons and thread loops. For a woman of about 170 cm tall the cloak hits about mid-calf, for a child of 145 cm tall, the cloak is full length. The pattern is one size that should fit most people as the garment is loose.

The instructions are written assuming that the user has some sewing experience. I recommend watching the video linked below before purchasing the pattern. That gives you some kind of idea on what to expect. I recommend making a mock-up before sewing the final garment.

Read more about cardinal cloaks here.
Watch a video on the making of the cloak here.

Also note that this is a sewing pattern, not a finished garment!

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