January 2003 - February 2003
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The cloak

February 2003 - I made myself a very warm cloak as my first large item of clothing. It's a three-quarter circle cloak made from black wool (bought at IKEA) lined with a slubby black and white linen which I got cheap from the remnant bins. I cut the material out into three separate quarter circles and stitched wool and lining together on two of those pieces. The last one I cut in half, so I can use that seam between these parts and the others as a natural place to put in armslits, along the green lines in this sketch. Call this Plan B. Plan A was to just put the three quarter circles together along the blue lines in the same sketch, but I really liked the idea of armslits at the time, a decision I have regretted since. I bought a nice clasp (pardon the drugged expression) as a means of closure and to look pretty. At Double Wars 2005 I sold this cloak, so it is no longer in my possession.

The Liripipe Hood

January 2003 - I have been working on making a hood in black wool, lined with a yellow/mustard brokade, according to this pattern. I started with making a cotton one first to make sure I had it right. Good thing I did as I changed the gores a bit in position and made them deeper. Although it turned out to be really quite big it looks the business and is very warm and cozy.

Before taking this hood with me to Visby 2004 I cut off about 10 cm from the back seam, making it a size more appropriate for me. I also made buttons out of self-fabric and hand-stitched buttonholes down the front.

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