|Reenactors at the Battle of the Hook - Two with Red Capes|
I have a story where a red cape is one of the plot details. I've been on the lookout for construction of capes. So when Cynthia Howerter and I came across these lovely ladies at the Battle of the Hook reenactment last year, we had to stop to chat with them!
Below is the hood from the shorter cape. Note how the center of the hood becomes almost a cone shape when pushed through.
You can see from the picture below that the spacious cape comes in handy for keeping your daughter warm, too! Loved meeting these ladies.
I sure wish I had my own red cape. Alas, I still do not. And I don't think I'll be able to construct my own at this point in time. But this project does look very doable. The heavy wool does not really require a hem at the bottom. It can be cut with sharp sheers with little to no fraying.
Until I have my own red cape (which I'd love to have used with some willing young lady as model for the cover I have in mind) I'll have to content myself with looking at these pictures of these beautiful red capes!
Question: Is there some colonial garment that you wish you owned?