I feel much better today.
When not just vegging with a cup of tea, I leafed through my books to see what kind of coat would look best with my new plum gown.
In the end, I settled for a mantellino instead of a coat for now.
So what is a mantellino pray tell? A mantellino, as I found out, is a shoulder cape. It is very short, and it was meant to be worn either alone or under a full cloak for warmth. This cute little garment was very popular in Germany, but Eleonora de Toledo owned several.
According to "Moda a Firenze," shoulder capes were sometimes made of wool, but more often of silk or velvet. In my case, wool will do as I love working with wool and loathe working with velvet.
This little garment looks slightly fitted on the illustration, although I would not be surprised if I found out that they cut them as 3/4 circles or semicircles as well. In any case, I developed my pattern by draping. After all, people did not wear uniforms and as long as you are true to the silouette, you're good to go. I cannot prove that this way of cutting it was the way it was done, but like I said, it looks right.
Also this time I am taking pictures and drafting instructions for posting on my webpage.
And now, just for grins, an excerpt of an article that was published in Yahoo News. A survey was made in England regarding the most ridiculous British law, and here are the results.
(I love the one about toplessness in fish stores.)
Most ridiculous British law:
1. It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament (27 percent)
2. It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British monarch upside-down (seven percent)
3. In Liverpool, it is illegal for a woman to be topless except as a clerk in a tropical fish store (six percent)
4. Mince pies cannot be eaten on Christmas Day (five percent)
5. In Scotland, if someone knocks on your door and requires the use of your toilet, you must let them enter (four percent)
6. A pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants, including in a policeman's helmet (four percent)
7. The head of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically becomes the property of the king, and the tail of the queen (3.5 percent)
8. It is illegal to avoid telling the tax man anything you do not want him to know, but legal not to tell him information you do not mind him knowing (three percent)
9. It is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament in a suit of armour (three percent)
10. In the city of York it is legal to murder a Scotsman within the ancient city walls, but only if he is carrying a bow and arrow (two percent)