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Monday, June 25, 2012

New regency bonnets-purple silk and green silk


Here are two new bonnets for a customer going to a Regency event.
First, a wide brimmed piece made from heavy buckram, flannel mull, silk taffeta and duchess silk satin. The client wanted a deep purple and gold piece. I used this wonderful antique silk moire ribbon in a dusky violet shade as the tie and trim. It is rare to find this kind of ribbon that is so soft and usable

This antique metal lace trim from the turn of the century also matched the ribbon, and added some gold to tie things in.

The antique plume was hand dyed with antique dyes from the 1920s. It was originally an acrid yellow shade

Lined in heavy duchess silk satin in gold.

The crowning touch is a very rare millinery piece. It is over 100 years old and features little velvet flowers in black, golden yellow, and cream

The second bonnet is a soft cap with hand sewn straw brim. The straw braid is made from hemp, which is a good match for antique braids...it does not have a shiny finish, which is better for antique reproductions. The base fabric is a lovely woven silk taffeta with raised velvet stripes and satin stripes. An antique green silk velvet trim piece from the Victorian age forms the trim on one side. It is finished with an antique brass button with a tiny star cut-out.

The other side has an ostrich plume in fern green shade, antique silk velvet bow, and antique gold metal lace

Gold metal laces were frequently used from the 1600s through the 1920s. In the evening, these metal laces reflected in the candlelight, adding a little glow throughout the night.

The back is pleated into a small circle, which is simply finished unlined through the inside

On flimsy silks, it is better to add a liner to these caps, but with silks with body, I prefer it unlined. The ribbons are vintage rayon picot ribbon pieces in dark green.

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