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Unread 07-17-2013, 04:49 PM   #1
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Question Help please identifying cloak?!

I'm looking at cosplaying a camelot knigh from bbc merlin, but I am having a littly trouble identifying the cloak! It seems like a full circle cloak to me, however on other websites a full circle cloak has a lot more material.

Help identifying the type of cloak, and suggestions on construction/fabric would be greatly appreciated!

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http://www.radiotimes.com/namedimage/Alexander_Vlahos_webchat___Merlin_has_changed_my_l ife_.jpg?quality=85&mode=crop&width=620&height=374 &404=tv&url=/uploads/images/original/21829.jpg
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EnHGRB8MbX8/UAO_AODHv0I/AAAAAAAACTc/bBqohmMzwG4/s320/photo(38).JPG - this is one of the cloaks being worn by a fan, it seems to swamp her
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Unread 07-17-2013, 11:51 PM   #2
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That does look like a full circle. What pictures of a full circle cloak have you seen that make you think it isn't ?
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Unread 07-18-2013, 03:54 PM   #3
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What do you want to do? I tried on my half circle cloak and it hangs in front like your reference photo of the guys on the steps. Historically, when men wore maille like that the half-circle cloak was in style.

However, full circle or even 3/4 circle cloak looks much better when moving around. I've not watched Merlin in a few years so I don't remember how these look in motion. I suspect they split the difference and tried to get the 11/12th century at rest look with a fuller cloak for action shots.

I would make it out of wool. It is going to hang right. You should be able to get it on sale online this time of year. (In the northern hemisphere I suppose. Hey, I tried on my wool cloak in July for this so bear with my hemisphere-centricism. )
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Unread 07-23-2013, 02:45 PM   #4
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Kelley, i was unsure due to the fact that the cloak does not completly close at the front

MedievalGirl, here are some more reference photos. The cloaks do look like a lot of material in motion - I might go for a 3/4 cloak then.
Its halfway down the page

Its for comic con london, so i was going to do a shorter version than in some of the photos, hanging more areound the ankle than draping on the floor as bradleys was.

This is my first attempt at making a cloak so thanks for the advice - i will try wool, the other material i heard recommened was cotton twill, have you herd of it?
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Unread 07-27-2013, 03:33 PM   #5
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Denim is a cotton twill. It has nice weight for cloak but can be a little stiff.
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