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Irish Kinsale Cloak Thimbles and Acorns
The cloak is one of the most enduring of outer garments throughout history. The use of scarlet cloth for hooded cloaks in the 18th century was so popular in Britain and and it's American colonies that they became considered a traditional British garment for both men and women during this time. While visiting the countryside in Oxfordshire in 1750, Madame du Bocage noted: 'People of this class have their houses well furnished, are well-dressed and eat well; the poorest country girls drink tea, have bodices of chintz, straw hats on the heads and scarlet cloaks upon their shoulders'.
The Kinsale Cloak is a traditional Irish cloak that features a drawstring hood that provides ample room for the taller hairstyles that were popular in the late 18th century.
A 13 page pattern in PDF format will be sent to you by e-mail after purchase. It is designed to print on standard 8 -1/2" x 11" paper. This is a relatively easy pattern, suitable for those with limited sewing experience.
This listing is for a PDF version of the pattern. A printed version is available upon request, but will include a $3.45 printing and shipping charge.
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Last Revised: 3/15/12
I had my first real sewing lesson with my Grandma Switzer when I was about eight years old. After watching her in awe while she worked at her sewing machine, she helped me pick out a pattern for a doll that was just like I imagined Laura Ingall's doll Charlotte looked like. We then dug through her closet full of fabric scraps to find just the right pieces for the doll and several dresses. She ...
I had my first real sewing lesson with my Grandma Switzer when I was about eight years old. After watching her in awe while she worked at her sewing machine, she helped me pick out a pattern for a doll that was just like I imagined Laura Ingall's doll Charlotte looked like. We then dug through her closet full of fabric scraps to find just the right pieces for the doll and several dresses. She showed me how to lay out the pattern carefully, so as not to waste any fabric. Having grown up during the depression, “Waste not, want not” was more than and old adage to her. She taught me to make basic hand stitches and all my first projects were done by hand because “you needed to learn to sew by hand before you could learn to sew by machine you know”. I remember how amazing it was to see the odd shaped pieces transform into beautiful dresses right there in my hands. We spent many evenings together sewing dolls and dresses while watching “Little House on the Prairie” and much to Grandpa's dismay, Grandma and I would usually use the arm of the couch as a pincushion. He never appreciated getting an armful of pins when he would sit down to watch football, but he was a good Grandpa and insisted on getting me the entire set of Little House on the Prairie books for Christmas. Every couple of years I still pull out those books he gave me and read them again. These are some of my favorite memories of my grandma and grandpa and they are stitched into every dress I sew.