Fabric Suggestions for 207 Kinsale Cloak and 208 Kinsale Cloak for Young Maidens

This billowing full-length cloak was a tradition in rural Ireland for thousands of years and can still be seen today in West County Cork.  The cloak was originally a large woven cloth that was worn over the body and used as bedding, keeping out the elements.  It evolved to have a large hood that could be worn over the head or as an extra layer of warmth on the shoulders and gathered shoulder area --- and to become a symbol of Irish-ness.  Eventually, the Kinsale Cloak became popular in parts of England as well.  The Potato Famine changed so much of the culture of Ireland and the cloak ended up being worn mainly in County Cork, and made nearly always in black. 

Similar cloaks are worn for costuming (for British dramas like Poldark) and at historic reenactments everywhere. The romantic garment fastens at the neck and features a detachable loosely-fitted hood. Our pattern includes a very detailed and fascinating history of the cloak, notes for handweavers, and instructions for finishing touches.

And don't forget about 208 Kinsale Cloak for Young Maidens -- the little sister to Folkwear's best-selling romantic cloak for adults.  This cloak fits children size 2-12, and is a hit with kids! 

Suggested fabrics: Handwoven wool, wool, velvet, corduroy, poplin, denim, chintz, microfiber, or weather-treated fabrics.  For the lining, we suggest satin, silk charmeuse, or polyester.

PLEASE NOTE: Fabrics used as examples in blog may go out of stock from store.  If link is invalid for specific product, there may be another fabric from the supplier that you can substitute.  These suggestions are based on fabrics that are in stock at the time the blog post is written!

Below are a few fabric suggestions from some of our favorite, and trusted, on-line fabric stores for our Kinsale Cloak.


The main color for a traditional Kinsale Cloak in Ireland in the last 100+ years is black.  If you want to make this version of the traditional cloak, I recommend this black melton wool fabric from Vogue Fabrics (I'm not putting in a photo, because it's black :-)) at $24.99/yard.  And, this black satin (at $10.99/yard) would be perfect for the lining.


Michael Levine has a good selection of silk and rayon velvet.  This is a silk-rayon velvet that would be stunning!  $24/yard.


Fabric Depot has lovely wool coating available and this fabric would work very well for the pattern.  I am also envisioning some subtle embroidery on this fabric for someone's Cloak!  (On sale right now for $29.99/yard)


Here is a suiting weight raw silk from Vogue Fabrics that has a texture with some interest. At $16.99/yard.


Stonemountain and Daughter has a great selection of boiled wool and boiled wool/viscose.  I really like this nice charcoal wool/viscose (and at a more affordable price than 100% boiled wool). $23/yard



And, for a much more modern look - and as rain cover - Marcy Tilton has some great weather-proof fabrics.  This navy would be fun! $22/yard


And, of course, we have our own limited yardage of cloth that would be perfect for the Kinsale Cloak. This Italian Wool blend has a great drape, texture (it is quite soft), and color.  And, you can get a pattern for free when you order 2 yards (4 units) of fabric with the code FABRIC at checkout!  $27.90/yard


For lining fabric, I think the following would be great: 

Warm Back Coat Lining (black, sable, royal, and sangria) from Stone Mountain and Daughter Fabric.

Silk Habotai at Stone Mountain and Daughter (lots of colors)

Bemberg Rayon at Hart's Fabric - great selection of natural and dark colors.


Happy Sewing!