I have been wanting a "real" cloak for a good long time. I made a fleece one when I first started the SCA, but was unhappy with both the fleece and the hang and fit of the cloak.
Then, at a fabric warehouse sale I bought a ton of navy wool and some pink linen and knew it was time for the cloak.
I spent a long time stressing about the hood. I always wear a hat and I hadn't seem too many hoods in portraits, so I stalled on making the cloak.
Then it came to me...I could make the cloak with just a collar. (Okay, it seems really obvious now).
I laid out the fabric a la Janet Arnold with the full width of the fabric down the middle and a half width on either side, then cut a circle.
The seam is visible in this shot.
Here is the pink linen lining.
I'm standing like a vampire because I'm hugely pregnant. These pictures were taken on my actual due date...however looks like baby is staying late.
If I were to make this cloak again, I would do a half circle instead of a full circle. It is so heavy it is difficult to wear, but it is wonderful for sitting around and using as an extra blanket for cold camping.
Here is my awesomely warm (and heavy) circular cloak