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I am looking for a full length... purple velvet Cloak... with a extra large hood that can double as a back pack..., Lined with a dark grey cotton lining...


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What size? How tall are you? What weight of velvet? What weight of cotton?
Thank you so much for your quick response. I am looking for something inexpensive that can be used during multiple times of the year. Not too heavy not too light. I am 5 foot 2 and a half (must include the half) I have been told that it is from the base of the neck to the ankle. I do have an issue with store bought items beings far too long. So light and Cheap would be great! Pleae don't begin anything until I have confirmed.

Also if you are a regular artisan we would love to see some of your wares here on the site. If you sell items regularly please post some of what you have made. People like myself often look for custom items. Not just clothing or fabric but all sorts of things. Please share your creations with us and we could probably feature some of them.

Thank you... greatly appreciated... Blessings Denise
Hi Denise,

I separate my pricing for cloaks into construction time and materials; that way, the client has some control over the end cost. It takes 4 hours to cut and assemble an unlined cloak. A lining is basically another cloak, so double the 4 hours and add an hour to sew the layers together, total is 9 hours at $10 per hour: $90 for labor. Materials: A little more difficult to give a firm quote because everything depends on the fabric. Velvets come in 3 kinds: cotton, rayon and silk. My local supplier doesn't carry purple in any type so I'll have to get pricing from one of my online suppliers. However, for comparison purposes, local pricing is $12 per yard for cotton and $22 per yard for rayon. My preferred supplier for silk velvet is about $8 per yard if I get an 11 yard roll, but it comes in white ONLY and must be dyed. A 62" cloak will take roughly 5-1/2 yards (it depends on the width of the fabric). Cotton for lining is relatively cheap; figure $3-5 per yard. Dying is $30-40, depending on the total yardage.

Let's talk about the virtues and drawbacks of velvet: Cotton velvet is plush, soft and washable. Very important at muddy events. However, cotton also loses dye relatively quickly and will start looking kind of shabby after a dozen washings or so. Rayon velvet is unwashable to the point where it will usually start shrinking in the rain, but it holds dye beautifully and if properly cared for will look just as good 20 years from now. Silk velvet is washable (has to be, since it has to be dyed), but I don't have much experience with it - I don't get a lot of call for silk velvet (a pity, since it's an historically accurate fabric).

If you want to look at synthetic alternatives, there are a number of velvet-look plush fabrics that are less costly, washable and reasonably durable. Range of pricing for plush is $5-10 per yard.

If you want another alternative, buy an import and have it altered.

General info:
Because of the huge amount of fabric a cloak takes, I pass along fabric discounts to the customer. Final costing will be discussed privately, in minute detail.
I am an "old world" tailor; workmanship is unconditionally guaranteed for the life of the garment, but I do require that the customer be very honest regarding the level of abuse the garment is likely to encounter. Steps can be taken to ensure that the workmanship remains uncompromised. (There is no guarantee on materials.)
Payment on interwebs orders are half down, balance due prior to shipping.
Locally, a down payment equal to the cost of materials is required; balance due on pickup. Fittings, if needed, are at no additional cost.

Thanks for your interest!

Susan Ragsdale
Ragsdale Reed, Clothiers
Period Reproduction Clothing division of Silver Deer Studio
Merry Meet Susan,
Than you for your explanation regarding pricing and all of the wonderful information. Please let me see what I can do regarding money and I will get back to you when I know I will have it. I appreciate the time that you have put forth in answering my inquary. Thank you many times over.
Blessings... Denise



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