c. 650-1650 A.D.
Provides patterns for 13 capes, 3 separate hoods, a tabard, small capelet, and a ganache (sized for chests 16" to 54"). These are just the thing to authentically complete MM016, MM021, MM023, MM026, MM041, MM043, MM053, MM056, MM058, MM093, MM101 and MM102.
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. Tabards 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.