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Friday, September 2, 2011

New Regency bonnets-historical examples







Here are two new silk Regency bonnets just finished. They are both based on historical examples, and I hope to continue copies of antique hats in the future. One is based on a drawing of striped silk bonnet, the other is based on a photo of the actual bonnet. Very few bonnets survive in conditions suitable for display. Many bonnets historically re-created are based on paintings and drawings from that time period. It is very rare to find a hat or bonnet with original trimmings, as these were traded out over and over when new trends came to fashion.
The striped silk bonnet is based on conjecture, I built a wire cage to drape the back bouffant over.

It is finished with antique gold metal lace and an antique millinery flower from the turn of the century.

The pink silk satin and velvet bonnet is a directoire style. It is based on photos of an antique, which was made in moire silk and satin. I made this bonnet from antique silk satin and antique silk velvet. Old materials have a certain shimmer and quality not found in modern fabrics.

It is also finished with antique gold metal lace and an antique silk satin ribbon.

This particular bonnet is entirely hand sewn. I began sewing this bonnet on our last road trip to Arizona.

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