Period Pattern ™ No.92
Capes and Tabards, c. 650-1650 A.D.
Includes patterns for 13 capes (including a pelicon), 3 chaperons (hoods), 2 tabards, and a ganache (sleeved tabard), sized for chests 16" to 54". These are just the thing to wear over garments from Period Patterns no. 16, 21, 23, 26, 41, 43, 51, 53, 56, 58, 101 and 102
Throughout the "dark ages" (the early medieval period) capes and hoods were indispensable for protection against the weather, and were sometimes layered – a hood worn over a cape, for example. In addition, they were 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, changes in fashion led to capes often being reduced to more of a fashion accessory than serious protection against cold or wet weather. Capes could be lined or unlined. As with almost all medieval and Renaissance clothing, capes, hoods and tabards could be plain and somber, or quite colorful.
They could be made of plain, practical wool, thick or thin, or patterned silk; they could be particolored, have heraldic or other decoration in/on the fabric (woven in, embroidered, appliqued, etc.), have trim applied to some or all edges, be reversible, whatever the owner desired and could afford (and the sumptuary laws allowed!).