Child's Capote Pattern
Native American & Rendezvous Clothing & Moccasin Patterns
Several fine craftworkers have helped us develop the most authentic and comprehensive Frontier and Indian clothing patterns available. Extensive information includes material requirements, layout, garment making tips, details on tribal styles, variations and decoration of each garment, such as beadwork, ribbonwork, fringe treatment, etc. Our easy-to-follow instructions are complete with detailed illustrations and photos for expert and novice alike.
Child's Capote Pattern
A capote is a great coat for a child. Our pattern gives complete, illustrated instructions and includes details and suggestions for various fringe treatments, decorations and trim. Sizes 6 to 14.
About Your Child’s Capote Pattern
Called “Capote”, after the French word for “A Long Hooded Cloak or Overcoat”, Blanket Coats, like this, originated in Central Canada & were probably made as early as 1675. This popular style of coat was standard issue during the French & Indian War and the American Revolution...and many times, were made by the soldiers from issue blankets.
By the mid 19th century, the popularity of the capote had spread westward with the fur trade and was commonly seen in use by the Indians of the Northern Plains, Rocky Mountains and Columbia Plateau. There were many commercially made capotes available: for instance, in 1824, a St. Louis newspaper carried an advertisement from an outfitter listing “red blanket coats for sale.”
Since many capotes were “homemade,” they varied greatly in cut, style and decoration...with the Indian models being decorated with beadwork, sequins, hawk bells, binding of a contrasting color, etc. Some capotes even contained a cotton lining of calico or similar print fabric (as shown here); however, most examples were hardly decorated other than having fringe at the shoulders and hood.
This practical coat is as popular with today’s Buckskinners and Indian enthusiast as it was in previous times. No doubt this is due to the great versatility of the garment as well as its colorful style.
When made from a heavy wool blanket, it will shed light rain or snow, can be worn over several layers of clothing in extreme cold weather and can double as an extra blanket, if needed. This warm and comfortable capote (complete with hood), is a pleasure to own and use!
Notions & Tools
Heavy thread, Simulated sinew, Needle or sewing machine
OPTIOANL ITEMS: 3-4 buttons, ribbon or cloth binding and miscellaneous beads, beaded medallion, hawk bells, etc.
The classic material of choice is a wool or Trade Blanket. Many other types of blankets (both striped and plain) and heavy wool Tradecloths (such as Strouding and Broadcloth) were also used to make capotes.
If this option proves too expensive, you can even use less expensive trade blankets...such as Swiss Army blanket used for the Capote shown on this cover.
Since the pattern allows for any adjustments necessary, we are sure that any of these blankets (or one of your own choosing) will render a very nice Capote.