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Louis Fourteenth Cloak

A pattern for a cloak called the Louis Fourteenth was given in Peterson’s Magazine of 1860. A description and instructions on putting the pattern together were also added. Next week I will give more specific instructions on how to enlarge patterns in general using this pattern as an example as I found the article in the same magazine.
This new and fashionable cloak is of black royal velvet, ornamented with a silk and velvet binding. The front is straight, like a gentleman’s paletot; the sleeve forms flat plaits on the shoulder; it is very wide and slit open in front; the corners are turned back on the sleeve and have a binding about an inch from the edge. The top of the back is close-fitting, and trimmed with a cape buttoning down the front, square across the breast, and ending in a point behind. This cape is also trimmed with a binding. Under the cape are the flat plaits which give the fullness behind.
From the diagrams, which given on the next two pages, a pattern should be first cut, in paper, of the full size: the inches, marked on each piece, show how large the paper patterns should be. The front and back, however, must be made eight inches longer than they are marked, as the size of our page does not permit us to give them entire.
No. 1. Part Of The Front.
No. 2. Another Part Of Front.
No. 3. Part Of The Back.
No. 4. Another Part Of Back.
No. 5. Back Piece.
No. 6. Front Part Of Sleeve.
No. 7. Cuff Of Sleeve.
No. 8. Under Part Of Sleeve.
No. 9. Cape.


Numbers 1 and 2 are to be joined at the marks B and C, so as to make only one pattern forming the front. Numbers 3 and 4 are to be joined at the marks A and F to form the back. At the bottom of number 5, which is the bottom piece, the plaits of the back are to be formed. The sleeve is to be put in with large plaits at top, and the sewing is held in at the bend of the arm on the under side of the sleeve.