Post by Colonial Rose on Dec 1, 2006 15:04:06 GMT -5
*This outfit was worn by Felicity in the books Changes for Felicity, Felicity's Surprise, Felicity Learns a Lesson, and "Felicity's New Sister"*
I have the PM version of the Cardinal Cloak from 1996. I love it, its wool but thin enough to drape instead of just sticking out. It's made from about 2/3 of a circle of fabric so its really full and goes over stuff nicely, and the hood has a gathered opening in the back so it goes around her head and sits nicely. I haven't seen the Mattel version or Elizabeth's cloak so I can't give comparisons on those, but I love Felicity's cloak and definetly reccomend it.
I LOVE Felicity's Cardinal cloak. It's an exact replica of cloaks worn in that time. It is made from felted wool and the hood covers Felicity's head to keep her warm but doesn't block her face. It closes with ribbon ties and it looks lovely with her Christmas gown. The real wool cloak keeps the wet snow from seeping through to Felicity's gown. There were various types of cloaks worn at that period. This type is known as the Cardinal cloak because it resembles the hooded robes of religious Cardinals. The type of fabric used was known as broadcloth, a type of tightly woven wool. It isn't lined because it wouldn't be. The tightly woven wool kept the cold, wind and wet out.
Grade: A for PM version
Last Edit: Apr 12, 2014 21:50:27 GMT -5 by QNPoohBear
The PM version of the cloak is really beautiful and very accurate. I would actually consider the quality MUCH better than Elizabeth's. Elizabeth's closes with snaps instead of real ribbons and it's really thin.
Felicity’s Cardinal Cloak Item# D4451 Felicity puts on this cheerful, cardinal cloak to brighten even the gloomiest day. The cloak ties with a red satin ribbon to keep out the chilly winter winds.
On Addy's trunk:
This cloak is probably the most used outfit in any of the American Girl book. Felicity wears it to the ball, church, lessons, Elizabeth's house, Father's store even to Mr. Nye's house over her nightgown. I hope that Mother keeps it nice and clean and mended too, knowing this girl.
As you may be able to see, this cloak is two pieces of felt and a length of ribbon. I was pleasantly surprised that the felt is as thick as it was, I expecting the type of felt you get at the craft store for 15 cents a square. At least Felicity has a some chance to be warm. The felt feels like wool and is not bulky or hard to keep on Felicity.
Felicity wearing the cloak with her ball gown. It can cover her front well. Or...
Brushed aside for when Felicity needs her arms or the weather is not that cold. You can see that the hood is big enough to handle a mob cap.
As you can tell, it can go well on most of Felicity's clothes. It also goes well with her lesson outfit.
The profile, which completely covers Felicity's face. In one of her books, Felicity covers her face in her hood in the worst of Williamsburg weather. Now the doll can act out that cold weather protection!
Even though the hood is big, it is not a pain to keep down.
As you may remember in the movie, Felicity's cloak is gathered like this. In the huh department, um, why is there a small hole?
Now for some issues.
I could not get a detailed picture, but the felt is already fraying a little and my cloak is less than a couple of weeks old. I think all cloaks are like this.
The cloak is not lined. It would be nice and pretty for some thin red silk.
It would be nice if the cloak was at least a couple of inches longer. Since Felicity no longer has her patterns, her skirts will get wet and cold without any protection.
My biggest complaint is that I honesty think this cloak should be only be about $18. $24 is the cost of a dress, not two pieces of felt and ribbon. Sure it is one of the most used of all the outerwear, but it is also the simplest made and the fraying suggest not the best materials used. If you are a sewer you can easily make a copy cat for less than $20. If you want to risk it, perhaps you will get a better deal on a special. The price alone makes it a B.
I just like this picture of pensive Felicity.
A year later, two outdoor pictures of Felicity in her cloak. This one shows just how short the cloak is on Felicity.
The cloak is very resistant to a light sprinkling of snow. The outfit would probably survive light outdoor play.
Post by Ms. Notorious on Jun 4, 2009 19:01:47 GMT -5
I got the PM version from another collector, and I actually didn't like it much when I pulled it out of the box, but it looks great on Lissie! It's a nice heavy fabric that is sturdy but not stiff. The hood frames her face nicely, but isn't overpowering. The ribbon really is a nice touch.
Post by rosieangel on Nov 27, 2009 23:56:20 GMT -5
This cloak is made from a thick wool felt with a satin bow closure. I think it's quite pretty and drapes well, though the color doesn't match nicely with most of Felicity's outfits. I only have Lissie wear it with her Christmas gown.
I am disappointed that it doesn't have any lining or at least finished edges, and I do agree that it's quite overpriced for what you're getting, but mine has not frayed yet, and I've had mine for a few years now. So your mileage may vary with this one.
My cardinal cloak was bought in October 2009 for the original price.
I would like to start off by saying that this piece is worth the $24 price tag. Not only does it seem to be a huge part of her stories (in the first two books she wears it), it is durable, thick and looks great with every outfit i have paired it with so far.
The cloak is made of a thick felt. it is very bright red and simple. when laid out it forms about a 3/4 circle. End to end the cloak is about 24 inches or 60 and 1/2 centimeters. Down the center of the "back" from hood to end is about 11 and 1/4 inches or 28 and 1/2 centimeters. Also straight across the middle at the widest point (when laid out) is 27 inches or 68 centimeter. The ribbon to tie the cloak are 11 and 3/4 inches or 29 and 1/2 centimeters. The hood folded and pressed flat measures: 7 inches or 17 and 1/2 centimeters long and about 6 inches or 14 centimeters across at the widest point. i hope the measurements help anyone trying to make there own version, but i would really say that the AG version is quite nice. The felt is not itchy and the cloak is not lined as i said before it is a very basic and simple piece.
I thought it might be nice for anyone wanting to buy the cloak to have a reference for how it looks paired with Lissie's different gowns and outfits. So for your viewing pleasure here is a reference. As i buy more of her outfits i will add them here. in my opinion the cloak really looks nice with all the one i have so far.
I give this piece an A+. it is hard not to like as there is not to much to it, but i think that is really where the charm is for me. it is simple and does its function while not taking away from the gown it is covering. not sure if that makes a lot of sense either way. nice piece and worth the money.
edited to fix pics and unstretch the thread. sorry.
I have a PM version of this cloak and I love it! The color is pretty and looks great with Felicity's Christmas Gown. The cloak is very thick and well made. A lot heavier than I imagined from the pictures!
I just got the PM version of the cloak on eBay. It always seemed so simple, I figured I could make something similar or have it made...but then Felicity was the last of my AG dolls to lack a coat or some kind of winter weather protection. Red is my favorite color, so I was delighted to see how bright and warm this is! It's a nice, thick piece of felt, with long ties. I wish the ties were a little thicker, but they do tie well. The felt is so thick, it doesn't really need lining. My only very minor complaint is that, yes, the edges are unfinished and may ravel with time. Otherwise, I'm glad I finally caved in and grabbed this. No wonder Lissie wears it in most of her books!
LOVE this! I give it an A. I have the Mattel version and it's so soft and thick. Hell, even I would love a cloak like this. My Lissie just loves wearing this all winter long. It's a must have for all Felicity collectors.
When you educate a man ; you educate a man. When you educate a woman; you educate a generation..- Brigham Young
I have the PM version of Felicity's cloak and it is lovely. The material is nice and it looks great over various outfits, particularly Lissie's Rose Garden Gown and her Holiday Outfit. Overall a really beautiful product and I recommend it highly.