I gave this cloak, made from McCall's pattern 4550, as a Christmas gift. The pattern is a costume, with lots of short-cuts that would be fine for one night's wearing (unfinished seams on the outside) but were not fine with me, so it posed a few challenges.
It's heavy enough to keep winter out. I had to order the thick wool online; even in a winter climate like ours, the stores don't carry it. I figured since I'd sprung for good wool, I'd use real velvet for the collar and middle tier of the three-tiered flounce. The lining is also heavy stuff, Zeus, from JoAnn Fabrics.
The last day before the gift recipient left, he cooperated in posing for a picture in his cloak. The wind, however, did not cooperate, so a lot of the pictures didn't turn out because the flounces or the lower part of the cape were blowing all over the place, including into his face.
Mim, who hasn't made anything but cloaks in ages