I wore the completed heuke & the Flemish gown at the SCA March Crown, & everything worked wonderfully! The weather was supposed to be rainy, but it ended up overcast yet dry until we were ready to leave that night. However, it was windy all day, giving the heuke a real workout & proving that, yes indeed, this thing does stay on by itself, no pins or ties required. The cap shifted around on my head a little bit throughout the day, but it only fell off once & that was more because I caught it on the overhang of a pavilion (really have to watch where you’re going with a duck bill sticking out so far from your face!).
Bonus: The heuke kept me toasty warm all day! As the sun fell, I pinned the cloak down to the center-front of my bodice so the veil covered my ears, & I was even warmer. This is a highly practical garment, & I can definitely see why it was popular in the damp, cool months in the Netherlands.