Vintage Hoods, Capes and Cloaks.

Updated 17th May 2013


Hoods cover the head, can be attached or detached (university graduation hoods).  It can also be a garment of it's own usually about chest length like the one Robin Hood wore.  Hoods can have many names e.g. liripipe.

A cape is usually circular, can be ovoid, square (poncho) and begin to be called cape from waist-length to sweeping-the floor length.  Shorter lengths are called capelets or mantelets and can be with or without hoods.  Long-ish hooded capes are called cloaks.

After looking at too many pictures, it seems that the term cape and cloak are interchangeable.  Then again......cloaks and robes.......yeah...headache....a Jedi cloak or robe?  A Harry Potter cloak or robe?

Whatever they are, I hope these vintage pictures below (no more copyrights applicable) will give you an idea of the style or garment you wish to make.

liripipe can be used as a cosh and pursetassel decorated this hood

cloak with long pointy hoodcircular cloak from February 1864over-sized hood to accommodate hats

trimming cloak using furlined cloakcape quilted for warmth

large collared cloak with arm slitscapes and cloaks can have varying length

Circular cloak with fur trimstiff collar requires careful storagecollar requires careful maintenance

layered cape with matching trim at hoodcloaks and capes galore

Cloaks can have slits for ease of wearCollars on simple cloaks makes it more formalEdgings on a cloak

Cape with mantelet and collarAn UlsterCloak lined with plaid fabric