But finally, when I made the capote bonnet, I decided since I had everything else out, I would go ahead and design this bonnet for her.
|The basic frame, assembled. I started with a paper mock up, then a|
poster-board model. I used that to cut the buckram.
I wired both ends of the pipe and the outer edge of the brim.
I then shaped the wire into a triangle. Carefully.
|I cut the top cap accordingly. Don't mind the small photo-bomber.|
|It's a little big on the head, which is a good thing. The last one barely fit|
her, so that was a problem. LOL.
|I put bias tape on the edge of the brim and the top of the hat to avoid|
any unsightly wire eventually wearing through.
|I hand sewed everything, but for this part, I did cheat and used|
rubber cement to affix it there. Sue me.
|I then added mulling. I whip stitched most of it in place. I lined the|
I made the feathers into a separate bundle with a ribbon base that can be pinned to the hat, or removed as desired. There is a lovely black ostrich feather, and several small peacock feathers.
I made some cockades wherein I added little pouffes made from the embroidered thistle.
The most time-consuming bit was the line on the inside of the brim. It is a line of the same ribbon, which frayed. I then stitched a little silver border along both sides to neaten it up. The silver is also repeated in the ruched ribbon chevron on the front of the bonnet.
All in all, I think it's a lovely bonnet. I kept it simpler, because it is the kind of bonnet you want to add stuff to. I hope Agnes likes it. She waited long enough for it. Sorry Agnes. :) I think this pattern is a win. I might do several top-shape options on it, as well as a variety of brim-styles.
|If I hadn't run out of the blue riboon, I might have taken the ruching|
all the way 'round the back between the two cockades too.
|You can see, the feathers can be removed.|
|It's difficult to see, but the inner brim is ruched. I lined the inside of the|
hat with the wide moire ribbon, which is black.