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Throughout the "dark ages" (the early medieval period) capes were indispensable for protection against the weather, as well as fashionable articles of clothing in their own right. They were worn by both sexes of all classes and ages. While there were some variations, the same basic capes were found throughout extended Europe. In the Middle Ages the cut of capes became more sophisticated, and many new variations appeared. Tabbards and ganaches reflected the growing preoccupation with fit and fashion. In the Renaissance, these changes led to capes often being reduced to more of a fashion accessory than serious protection against cold or wet weather.
Period Patterns #92, Capes and Tabbards, provides patterns for 13 capes, 3 separate hoods, a tabbard, small capelet, and a ganache. This pattern is sized for chests from 16 to 54 inches.
These capes cover fashions from 650 - 1650 A.D.
These Capes patterns were designed for real authenticity. Each pattern includes historical notes for background, and variation enhancements for the finished costume. Sewing instructions and suggestions for fabric choices and notions are included.
This pattern complements all the other MP- series patterns.
The instructions for Period Patterns assume you are an experienced seamstress with sewing garments, so they do not explain techniques. They do NOT give explicit or detailed instructions and are NOT for beginners. If you are an experienced seamstress with good sewing skills you will be fine.
This product was added to our catalog on Friday 01 January, 2010.