Tuesday, April 5, 2011

1840s Silk Bonnet

I minored in Theater Arts at Humboldt State University and one of the first class I took was millinery. Covering buckrum forms in class (I made a top hat!) gave me plenty of practice for creating my own bonnets at home. I made this particular bonnet in 2007 or 2008 from the Miller's Millinery Round Cottage Bonnet Pattern #9101 (late 1840s-early 1850s) with a cream colored silk.  The leaves are cut from cotton velveteen and the flowers are paper.
Self-fabric ties and decorative trim across the crown.
Bavolet and decorative bow coped from an original.

Interior netting grips hair to prevent slipping backwards.


I look like a jerk in the one picture I have of me in this bonnet that I would rather not share... I want to re-trim the bonnet like the one above with some very similar flowers to the dag above that Ian bought me at Nancy's Sewing Basket in Seattle.

2 comments:

  1. i love 40s bonnets so much... the cream silk is so yummy! and you got it to lay absolutely smooth over the brim!

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  2. Oh wonderfully done!! Your bonnet is simply delightful!!!

    Blessings!

    Gina

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