My next project will be to (finally!) make myself a mantle. I’m debating the best way of constructing it – Marc Carlson’s site has the sknurmantel (http://www.personal.utulsa.edu/~marc-carlson/cloth/miscclok.html) from Nockert, which is pieced in what I think of as a weird way. It seems to me that a much more straightforward way of doing a semicircular or circular cloak (when you want to conserve fabric and not just cut a whole circle out, which forces a shorter cloak anyway) would be to cut your length of fabric into a whole bunch of triangles and then sew all those together – like a lot of gores (hopefully this makes sense).
Anyway, I’m interested in some feedback on what’s period, what has worked for people, what hasn’t, etc. Thanks!