the priest wears a garment of love
What the priest wears is not just an item of clothing. People encounter it in all kinds of different human situations. In undertaking their calling, what the priest wears is a symbol of their office. In their work they bear the joys and sorrows of others – and their position is that of a servant. What does their clothing say about them and their office? There are no male or female priests in the church – only priests. So everyone doing the job should wear the same thing.
The Cooperative of the Cloth turned to dressmaker and textile artist Mari Benissan to design a gown for a priest. Every gown is made to measure for each customer. The fabric used is 100% British wool. The Cooperative of the Cloth’s gown is intended to serve as both formal and daily wear for the priest.
Model 1 is a plain and simple garment. The waistline is cut, and there are pockets on both sides. The buttons on the front are concealed.
The woman’s model has a tailored front-piece.
There are no pleats in the man’s garment.
The gown can be ordered as knee length frock coat or as a cassock.
Model 2 is a narrow-cut, slightly flared model without a waist section. Pin-tucks at the front give the garment an elegant look. The gown has concealed buttons and side pockets.
The woman’s model has a tailored front-piece. There are no pleats in the man’s garment.
The gown can be ordered as knee-length frock coat or as a cassock.
Knee-length frock coat: €549
Ankle-length cassock: €599
Special requests can be met at an additional rate of €40 an hour. Ask for details!
The price is invoiced in two instalments. The first instalment is €200.
The first installment is to be paid when the order is made. The balance is to be paid when the gown is ready.
When you are choosing yourself a gown
- Select model 1 or 2
- Select garment: satin or wool
- Instructions for taking measurements are below
To take your measurements, use a measuring tape around the waist (the narrowest part of the body, or the point where you wish the waist-seam to be). Remember that the garment’s waist will accord with this measurement.
Get someone else to help you – it’s impossible to take all the measurements by yourself. Stand up straight, and don’t hold your arms above your head.
The chest is measured at its widest point. Make sure the measuring tape goes straight around your back.
The waist is usually measured from the narrowest part of the torso. If you are ordering model 1, measure from the point where you want the upper part of the garment and the hem to connect with the seam.
The chest height measurement only applies to women. Measure from the shoulder seam at the side of the neck to the highest point of the chest.
Waist height is measured by placing the tape from the shoulder seam at the side of the neck to the waist. (With women, the tape must also pass over the bust.)
For the desired length of the garment, start at the same point as in instruction 4.
Sleeve length can be measured from any jacket or coat with a sleeve length you like. Measure the sleeve from the seam.
Measure the biceps at the widest point (NB! this is not the width of the sleeve!)