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Friday, April 19, 2013

New bonnet-Regency Mourning bonnet

 This is a new bonnet commission. My client requested a black mourning bonnet with accents of purple, cranberry and gold. She wanted a tall bonnet with feather.
I try to use as many antique materials as  possible. The bonnet is made from antique silk satin with a low sheen. It was a narrow width silk, probably intended for millinery use. The edges are bound in this unique crinkled silk organza from an old Victorian dress.
The base of the feather has some of this same crinkled silk as well as silk velvet ribbon and gold cord accent
 I wanted to make a silk flower for the front of the bonnet. Most of my vintage millinery flowers have too modern a look to them. I made this using a wire base, with hand sewn iridescent silk. Each petal is covered in this unique antique metal mesh called tricotine.It was used in the edwardian and 20s era for adding a subtle shimmer to millinery accents. Each petal also has antique French metal sequins from the turn of the century. The base is wrapped in a French silk chenille cord.
 Here you can see the metal sequins. The center has vintage stamens that are lily shaped.
The inside is finished with a black cherry colored silk and antique pleated silk net veiling.

 The back is finished with an antique ribbon, gold cording, silk tassel and button. They are all over 100 years old.
 These antique silk taffeta ties are in great condition, so I used this as the means of fastening the bonnet.

1 comment:

  1. Oh my heavens this bonnet is just too fabulous!! i love everything about it!!