Friday, July 13, 2012

Victorian Sunbonnet Tutorial

NOTE: The dates for the sew-along/tutorial will now be July 23rd-July 27th, since my sister has to borrow the camera this week. Thanks! ;) 

We are gearing up for Vacation Bible School this coming week and the boys are very excited about attending. This year's theme is Goldrush and is set in 1860 - can you believe it?! That is just pure awesomeness, right there. I was asked to help out with some of the costumes for the drama and it will be fun seeing various articles from the reenacting closet worn by the cast members. I am super excited!

Since there is not much going on in the sewing department right now (besides an overnight bag for the hospital for myself - never again will I have to stuff my things into a brown paper grocery sack for an emergency trip to L&D!) I thought that this week I could take my time and work on a little project that I have been thinking about for a while; doing a tutorial for a basic mid-19th century sunbonnet. I know there are other tutorials out there but I haven't seen one yet made in this style, so, it's what I've got. ;) Besides, I need a new sunbonnet. I actually don't even have one right now. That is pathetic.

I will be spreading it out over several days so hopefully it will be easy to follow. Just a few steps per day. The sunbonnet in these pictures I made for a little reenacting friend earlier in the spring and it went together in just one evening. Very basic and simple but I was very happy with the finished result!



  1. Oh, that will be fabulous! There is this blue and white corded sunbonnet I'm in love with... Millinery scares me, so I would love a tutorial - even if it takes me several years to take up the courage to actually make it. :-)

  2. Are you going to make a wee miniature version?

  3. I may make a little version, but I already have an infant sized corded sunbonnet that Malachi used (maybe twice? lol) that I have hanging up in the nursery for Baby Girl. I have been so unmotivated to sew anything lately. Maybe this tutorial will help me get back into the swing of things!

  4. I have made a little something for you and baby Anne. I would like to send it to you. If you don't mind, will you email me your mailing address and I will get it in the mail?

  5. I imagine the bonnet tutorial is delayed due to a special little newborn. Will you be postponing the bonnet?


Thank you for your lovely thoughts!