After the mandatory inspiration searching, were I decided on a style of bonnet to make, I got to work,
I decided to drape my own pattern using thin cardboard, pictures and millinery books.
No, this would not do, time for plan B.
I ordered Lynn McMasters “1860s bonnet pattern” and started all over again.
Then the pieces was ready to be stitched together.
Then I stitched bias-tape round every edge to keep the corners smooth underneath the fabric.
As directed in the pattern I also cut cotton bating and some scraps of light green cotton for lining.
Before the fabric was to go on I needed to glue/stitch the batting on te frame to get an even smoother under layer for the silk.
Sadly I forgot to take pictures of this step, but basically I just glued around the edges of the frame pieces and carefully attached the batting to it.
Then it was time for the outer fabric.
(bad at photographing here too – I was working late at night, and didn’t had the camera on hand)
But I started with the crown, working downwards, basting all the edges and the carefully stitching the fabric pieces together.
Silk all stitched on.
Before finishing the last piece (the gathered front) of the lining, It was time for the “curtain”/neckpiece.I basically just gathered a straight piece of silk and pinned it to the curved neck of the bonnet.Then I stitched it on.
To be continued…