Here are the Solstice gifts I sewed for the girls last month. They are in a lightweight satin with self-lined hoods and fancy ribbon trim. I serged the outer edges with a rolled hem, saving some time and fabric. I made these very long, they appreciate the drama of that. These are more for magic dress-up than for warmth. They are lightweight enough for summer play, too.
They were fun to make, but again, I really don't like sewing under a deadline, nor in secret, and these were done with both constraints. But seeing them on all three girls is magical. Like little pagan fairies, they immediately put these on when we went out for our Solstice moonlight walk, draping them over their winter coats. So awesome. They were so taken with the magic of them and are so excited when they, all three sisters, have matching clothes.
I drafted a pattern for these, and was sort of fussy about them. I didn't want capes cut from a circle, it requires too much yardage, and would make them too full, since I wanted these so long. I used one back and two front pieces, making room for the shoulders. More of a cloak than a cape. Okay, who knows the difference, here? Cloak vs cape. These seem to be what I would call cloaks. I say this with no real research behind me, just a gut instinct. I did find Half Moon while looking for cloaks vs. capes and their wares are making me very happy.