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Recreating A 19th c Dolman Mantle

SquarepicDolman mantles were exceedingly popular late Victorian outerwear. Chantal shows us how to recreate this type of sleeved 19th century cloak.

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sandrab  
Dolmans   Thank you so much! About a year ago I became fascinated by dolmans and tried to find out what the heck was up with these sleeves. I read whatever I could find, especially on archive.org, I made up paper mockups and half scale samples out of paisley scarves, and I even went so far as locating one in our state museum's archives and making an appointment to see it. The process of researching was so satisfying and enriching, I was relieved that I didn't find a copy of Jean Hunnisett's book until I had already worked it out for myself!
Thank you so much for this article, it adds even more detail to such a fascinating topic.
 
 
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cfilson  
  I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I, too, have had a bit of an obsession with the odd shape and the sleeves really stumped me-- but I love puzzles.. I'd love to see your mockup samples if you have a link?  
 
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sandij  
  I also love the dolman, and was fascinated by the shape, often wondering how it could possibly look like a cape from behind, but have what appear to be sleeves.

A friend e-mailed the pattern for it, from Jean Hunnisett's book, but at that time another friend posted pictures of one that she was selling...I just had to have it!

Mine is velvet and satin stripes, with a quilted lining...it is so warm and snuggly, that I now plan to make one of my own.
 
 
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twalker  
  How much arm movement do you have while wearing one? It is restrictive?  
 
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twalker  
  I meant, is it restrictive?  
 
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cfilson  
  No, if it fits properly across the back and shoulders it's just like wearing a shawl tucked over your arms.  
 

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