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My French style capote
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People ask this question quite often, then go on and ignore historical examples. First off, fur trade capotes did not have the wool fringe on the shoulders. You very seldom see this at western rendezvous anymore, at least in this area. If they had any type of fringing, it was quilled slats, or embroidery work. The wool fringe didn't show up until around 1890's, on reservation period capotes. We know better now, so do it right, not because ol' John always did it that way.
Notice on the first example the pattern of the cut. This was the most common pattern used on the originals. Note the short embroidered epaulets on the shoulders.
The third example is from a period painting, showing a common Great Lakes type capote.
This video is from one of our club shoots. All the capotes here are correct.

Do you know of any company’s that are making capote in the style of the pictures you posted?
 

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This is my test Capote from Two surplus military blankets. I wanted to do a test before I used my 2 HBC blankets.
 

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Well its too dark to take any pics, Of my capote. Ive got real low lighting all thru the domicile.

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While digging thru an old brief case looking for the capote plans. I found serval years 89-mid 90s. Any collectors are missing any give me a ring.

But I did find the plans, so here are some bad pics, Im thinking this might be part of history.
The medium woman says she will scan these, when she is done with dinner, and a nap.

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The pattern I got off Amazon is the one sold at crazy crow. Shipping to Canada from Crazy crow was 4 times the price of the pattern so I got it from Amazon. i didn’t put shoulder fringe on my test one but will on my next.
 

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The pattern I got off Amazon is the one sold at crazy crow. Shipping to Canada from Crazy crow was 4 times the price of the pattern so I got it from Amazon. i didn’t put shoulder fringe on my test one but will on my next.
You see the comment about no fringe until the 1890s. Just wondering
 
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Looking at making one for next winter, who makes the most accurate pattern
Thanks
The blocky reservation cut is very easy and a lot of our let’s have these.
Northwest traders does offer packets of several historic and more fantasy designs
Recreating history doesn’t offer a capote pattern. But does offer a great coat.
Most old copotes followed a pattern like that. A taylored multi piece body and skirt. You have to adapt it, as a capote was usually about knee length or a tad higher, while Great coats were long. Great coat cuffs were cuffed, not regular on capotes. And great coats were caped and had no hood. Capotes generally had a hood and no cape
Capotes don’t seem to have regular pockets,
 

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You see the comment about no fringe until the 1890s. Just wondering
No I didn't. Will need to look at the pattern again. Might not be the exact one from Crazy crow? I'm going to the Rocky Mountain House National Historic site when it opens in the spring to see what info they have about trade rifles. They are tied in with the Metis Nation of Alberta and put on a number of shows and what not. Will have to do some inquiring about the fringe here in Alberta.
 

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