Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Practical Head-ware

I thought about finishing my brown drawn bonnet for use this fall at events. It has only been in progress since February. But I rejected the idea in favor of making a new sunbonnet since I sold the ones I had previously made and was without one entirely. And, gasp, is it not rather *shocking* to go about bare-headed? (although I usually do. . .)

This one is made from Timely Tresses Lucy Amelia Sunbonnet pattern. This is the 3rd one I have made from this pattern and I must say, I do like it very much. It has a pleasant shape that flares from the head instead of encasing it in long vertical lines. The long vertical lines were just not doing it for me, you know. I am not exactly thrilled to see myself in a such a bonnet and be grimly reminded of the long, narrow face of a mule. This pattern is a different. And I do like it. Perhaps this will take care of my preference to wear nothing on my head at all.

The brim is made from a double layer of white and blue striped cotton. The brim is interlined with two layers of cotton flannel, for stiffness and washability and the whole thing is hand quilted for sturdiness and shape. The crown is just one layer of fabric and there is a drawstring adjustment for the neckline and ties at the neck and under the chin.

I love how fast this pattern works up - both quilted bonnets I have made from this pattern have taken just one day to complete. The corded one (with over 25 rows of cording if I recall correctly) took just two afternoons. I don't usually use patterns but this is definitely a keeper!

Fall is surely here and this weekend we are off to another event. If I try very hard I may succeed in being a good girl and keeping my bonnet on when out and about!



  1. Lovely bonnet, Sarah! I didn't know that you could turn the print sideways for the bavolet, I thought that wasn't an option for the Civil War era for some reason. I'm glad to see that I was mistaken, plus it really gives it an interesting look, I *love* it!
    Mrs. G

  2. I must say I had not heard before of not using a print sideways or any ways. Actually I cut it this way because I made this out of the scraps left over from one of Davids shirts and this was the only way the pattern piece would fit on the scrap. ;)

  3. Mrs. G I have a sunbonnet out of the same pattern with a sheer stripe of blue and brown on the bias as well! :) It took up less fabric for me.

    Love your bonnet Sarah and I just love the colors on you and the stripes on the bias are lovely! love seeing all the tiny stitches up close as well.

    In Christ,

  4. Yes, that is a lovely bonnet! I have the same trouble with keeping my head covered! I may have to give this one a whirl - it looks very nice.

  5. I like the bonnet just the way it is - the horizontal stripes give a bit of visual interest. Btw - isn't using what you have in any way that will work a period practice? You should be fine. It looks very flattering!

    And I agree about feeling mule-faced... I have to be careful what hairstyles I use. No one else probably notices, but I do :)

  6. Lovely bonnet! I'm not a fan of the "regular" sunbonnets either -- they made me feel like I was wearing a mailbox. Or blinders. :)

    I really like how you used the ticking stripe -- it really fits and looks very nice.

    Headwear for events usually frustrates me somewhat because you're outdoors, so the thought is to wear something outdoorsy -- either something for going "visiting", like a fashion bonnet or hat, or something for outdoor work, like sunbonnets.

    But when you camp at an event, that campsite is, well, your home isn't it? Sometimes our tent is stuck out in the sun, but sometimes it's under shade and I long to wear lighter head-wear, like caps. But I've always been *slightly* picked on for that. I have a lovely cap made almost identical to an original, and I get the most quizzical expressions. :)

    I need to get my head in gear and focus on winter reenactment clothes!


  7. It's lovely and it suits you. I bet the blue makes your eyes pop! ;) I think that the accessories are really the hardest part of putting together an authentic historical outfit.


Thank you for your lovely thoughts!