Sunday, December 6, 2015

Early 1840s Bonnet


I'm so happy with how this bonnet turned out! And I had everything I needed to cover and trim it in my stash!

This bonnet is for a c. 1842 outfit that I'm suddenly working on! It's mostly for Costume College, but there is also a small 1840s event a week from today that I will hopefully have it finished for! At least I hope to have the gown wearable, even if it doesn't have all the trim.

The bonnet form is from Timely Tresses, and I covered it using their pattern. I decided to pipe the tip of the bonnet and do a bias binding on the front edge for added interest. After looking at dozens of original bonnets and fashion plates, and playing around with my silk satin ribbon and velvet flowers, I came up with this trim design. 

The pink silk is sarsenet from Burnley and Trowbridge. The ribbon and flowers are vintage pieces from an antique store in Michigan. I bought them without a project in mind but knew they'd come in handy eventually!

Now on to the gown!


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The curtain is gauged after this original bonnet
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Bonnet insides are rarely a thing of beauty... Silk taffeta brim facing and a cotton "head liner". 
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10 comments:

Sarah W said...

So beautiful, both colour, style and trim. The 1840's is one of my favourite periods, so I look forward to seeing the whole outfit.

Kay Tomlinson said...

Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for the close-ups. Love it!

Rosa said...

Magnificent. It just catches the eye and does not release it from its hold.

freshfrippery.com said...

It's beautiful! So well-made and pretty!

Soapstone Quilts said...

Wow, such a lovely bonnet! Beautiful job!

Lauren Stowell said...

That is BEAUTIFUL! Such a lovely color, and perfectly constructed. Beautiful, absolutely beautiful

Gina said...

Oh how in love with your sweet bonnet I am!! The color is gorgeous as is ask the trimming!! You have done a seriously fabulous job I this Samantha! Can't wait for the dress!
Blessings!
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Anneliese said...

LOVE IT!!! Can't wait for the rest of the outfit!! Eeeeeeeee!

Viva La DIY said...

So lovely!!

Isis said...

How Lovely! The colour looks great on you as well. I look forward to see the final outfit!