I finished the bonnet I will wear with my 1850’s dress. I started with a straw bonnet.
And I drew a line where I wanted to cut the hat.
I decided where to draw the line by putting the hat on my head and pulling the sides down. I placed my fingers where the hat met the corner of my jaw line and then marked that spot with a marker. I drew slightly angled line towards the crown of the hat and then the arch over the crown. What next? I had considered just cutting the line but feared the whole thing would crumble and unravel. So I decided to sew the binding on first.
I used bias tape.
I opened the bias tape and placed it on the side of the hat that I will be keeping with the raw edge of the tape running along the marker line and I began sewing with my machine.
I turned the corner and sewed along the brim.
So far so good.
I turned the corner again and kept going.
This is where it gets tricky.
I pretty well had to smash the crown down to get it to go into the machine.
If the hat had been older and more brittle, I think I would have first tried soaking it a bit in warm water to soften it. As it was, it held up very well.
Once this was done I cut along the marker line.
From here on, it is all hand sewing. I picked my inside fabric (about 1 meter from my stash) and ran one running stitch along the salvage. I measured the width of the brim and using that measurement ran another line of running stitch beneath the first.
I pinned the gathered fabric to the brim and flipped down the bias tape and sewed it down.
I gathered up the second line of running stitch so it fit tight to the brim. Then I nestled the remaining fabric into the crown of the hat and cut off the extras.
Then I bound that edge with the bias tape.
The main form of the bonnet was now done. From there I sewed in the ribbon for tieing. I decided to use one piece and run it along the back of the bonnet both for strength and to further hide the ragged edge of the bonnet.
I also added some fake flowers to the inner brim.
And I added some ribbon, trim and buttons to the crown.
I love how the tie acts like a corset for my double chin!
I am pleased that it turned out so well!
While rummaging through my ribbons and trims, I found a trim that, if added to my bodice, would tie the two colors of brown, the pink in the hat and the white of the undersleeves and collar. There is enough to add some to the bodice and sleeves. Should I or shouldn’t I?