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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Bonnet and Veil - HSF #10 - Literature

You are getting two for the price of one.

The retrimmed bonnet
"Look here, I have bought this bonnet. I do not think it is very pretty; but I thought I might as well buy it as not. I shall pull it to pieces as soon as I get home, and see if I can make it up any better." Pride & Predudice."
The Veil "...very little wite satin, very few lace veils"  Emma.

I've taken my inspiration from some images from pinterest.

Source: flickr.com via Lady on Pinterest

Source: reg-ency.com via Lady on Pinterest

The Challenge: #10 Literature

Fabric: Veil was some chiffon. The bonnet was a straw hat I cut up and modified with a linen type material.

Pattern: No pattern used.

Year: 1790-1820

Notions: Self fabric biasbinding, thread, feather.

How historically accurate is it? I tried to give a similar shape to the bonnets from fashion plates so guessing its fairly accurate. Probably should have covered the straw in fabric but it seemed more trouble than it was worth.

Hours to complete: approx 20. I lost count. As I made it in stages.

First worn
: For the photos for this blog.

Cost: Straw hat £4, Bias binding left over self made so free, Linen type fabric less than a metre approx £3, Feather £1, ribbon reused, less than metre of chiffon £2. Total £10 approx.

This was the bonnet before:

I cut off the crown. Made a gathered material one instead. Reused the ribbon. Bound the cut edges with biasbinding. Added a loop and button so I could adjust the fit.
The veil is a peice of shiffon with a rolled hem. I pinned it onto the bonnet for a quick change.

And After:


  1. Wow, it looks really nice! I *love* the veil - I so rarely see any costumers or living history people wearing them, and have been researching my own (though for a different time period) so yours is very inspirational.

    1. Thanks Sarah. Glad you found it inspirational. I've recently purchase a hatpin to use to keep the veil in place on the bonnet. One of the main reasons I chose to make a veil is because I wear glasses and I'm always worried they 'spoil' the look and the veil will negate that somewhat.