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Friday, November 19, 2010

Regency Bonnet Commission part 4

Next comes the dark green banding around the pleated crown. I am using a piece of antique silk velvet in a rich forest green. I have to make the cinched top and then attach the velvet to all of the layers.

I flip the hat over and pleat a different silk to the underside of the brim. Now I can add binding all around and cover the padded and wired edge with this silk. The original fashion plate had a puffy edge to the brim, and although I do not know what it was padded with I used a cotton batting.

Finally, I can add the inside lining and seal all the guts of the inside! I don't like looking at the seams and stray threads, and this is one of the more enjoyable parts of the construction process. I added a wire frame to the rough side of the lining. This will help keep the cinched crown from settling down into the crown too much. stay tuned for the final finish....

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