Look What We Made: Imbolc Wedding Cloaks

Complementary green handfasting cloaks for bride and groom

I was so pleased with how these wedding cloaks turned out, and the bride and groom were over the moon when they saw them!

The happy couple showing off their cloaks in front of Glastonbury Tor
The happy couple modelling their cloaks in front of Glastonbury Tor

The consultation

Amelie and Matt came to see me at my studio in Glastonbury as they’d heard that they could get a pair of handmade cloaks tailored to their wishes. Together we came up with designs that were complementary but not matching. The resulting cloaks can be enjoyed by the couple on their happy day and for many years to come.

Amelie and Matt in their cloaks at Glastonbury Tor
Imbolc Blessings to you both for a wonderful life together.

Bridal cloak

Amelie explained that she and Matt were getting married in a couple of months’ time in the Glastonbury Goddess Temple, and that they would be wearing green for Imbolc. Amelie was also wearing green when she came to the consultation – she told me it was her favourite colour!

I had bought some luxury velvet a few months back, on a whim as I just loved the colour: a light spring green, often known chartreuse.

A green velvet cloak is perfect for Imbolc, which is one of my favourite times of year. As soon as I showed Amelie the fabric, she instantly loved it and chose a silver satin lining and luxury silver faux fur as a trim around the hood.

The handfasting couple wearing their cloaks
Amelie and Matt’s cloaks can be worn again and again for a lifetime of enjoyment

Groom’s cloak

Matthew was not as sure about what he would like – as is often the case with the groom!

I suggested an unlined, dark green wool cloak with a trim of the same Imbolc-green velvet around the hood, to complement Amelie’s cloak without being too similar.

I also suggested that we line just the hood for a smarter look. It was for their wedding, after all!

This simple design means that Matt can wear his cloak again. It is made from a durable wool that is hard-wearing, warm and reasonably waterproof. A shorter length – just below the knee but not to the floor – makes it dashing but also practical.

A couple of oak leaves appliquéd at the clasp make the cloak extra special.

Imbolc cloaks on the tailor's dummy at the Avalon Cloaks studio
The Imbolc cloaks on the tailor’s dummies at the Avalon Cloaks studio

The results

The cloaks looked great together when I put them on the tailor’s dummy in the artisan studio at the Red Brick Building. I couldn’t wait to see them on!

Amelie and Matt kindly agreed to let me take some photos of them wearing the cloaks, and here are the results.

Imbolc Blessings to you both for a wonderful life together. I hope you have many years of enjoyment wearing your cloaks.

Merry meet
Suzi xx
Merry meet
We hope you have many years of enjoyment wearing your cloaks! Blessed be.

Look What We Made: Simon’s Cloak

Men’s cloak for outdoor ceremonies

Simon wanted a super warm cloak for year-round outdoor ceremonies, so we set about creating his dream bespoke cloak together.

We suggested that the outer be made from pure wool, as it is very warm and reasonably waterproof due to the high lanolin content within the wool. We teamed the outer wool cloak with a polar fleece lining to cut out any wind chill and make it perfect for outdoor workings.

Simon chose a forest green colour for his wool, which we matched with the fleecy lining – a great colour choice for a druid cloak! The rich forest green of the fabrics, and its purpose – outdoor ceremonies – gave the Druid Forest Cloak its name. It’s a simple hooded cloak with few embellishments, except for a leaf-shaped fastening and Simon’s clan badge, which he already had and simply needed us to sew on for him.

We suggested our standard hood because it’s roomy, but not too big. It is weighty enough to sit on the head without falling off or getting blown away – great for minimising distractions during outdoor ceremonies!

The Druid Forest Cloak was commissioned and completed between January and February 2016, and Simon wore it for the first time at the Beltane ritual during the Naked Man festival in the New Forest. Since then, he has worn it around the wheel of the year for many outdoor events including the Winter Solstice ceremony at Stonehenge.

Simon’s Testimonial:

‘My cloak had a good test this year at Stonehenge. It has to be one of the best investments I’ve made this year as it kept me as warm as toast throughout the whole event. I also had several people commenting on how great it looked. Many thanks to Suzi Dale and her team.

Many thanks to Simon for letting us use his words and photos in our post.

At Avalon Cloaks, we’re specialist cloak makers with oodles of experience in supplying clothing for occasions, ceremonies, rituals and handfastings. We also do a good line in men’s capes and cloaks that are simple but beautiful. Contact us today to bring your custom cloak idea to life!

Bright Blessings,
Suzi and the Avalon Cloaks team xx