Friday, November 26, 2010
Dicken's Fair Bonnet
Here is a bonnet I have just completed. This is my first Civil War era bonnet. I have created it for the Dicken's Fair which starts this weekend and goes for four weeks. The Dicken's Fair is an event held in San Francisco to celebrate the Holiday season with a Charles Dickens theme. Folks get dressed in Civil war era attire and attend this event. It is set between 1840 and 1863. My bonnet represents the early part of that era. It is made from a buckram base, covered in wool, and finished with antique materials. I used antique silk from the 1800's in brown and black stripes, antique silk picot edged ribbon,and antique mesh ribbon trim.
The inside is lined in black silk taffeta.
This was a hard hat to make, as it has a bowl-shaped back piece made from buckram.
This has to be wired and attached to the crown, and is very fidgety to attach. I have a later spoon bonnet I am working on, and will post a photo of that when I finish it.