|My beautiful silk from India! Color is actually dark navy.|
Before getting started on the covering and trimmings, I'll give a quick progress report on how the actual bonnet construction went.
This was my first venture into hat making where I constructed the base myself. Once I had all my supplies together, it went together very easily, much to my surprise (aside from running out of a few things - AGAIN - during the construction process).
|Millinery wire taped and ready to be sewn to the buckram.|
|Finished crown, pipe, and brim. These are the pieces that make up the full bonnet.|
|The crown piece and brim are attached to each other using just a whipstitch around the wire and crinoline tape.|
|Finished form ready for covering.|
These are all my trimmings which I have been slowly accumulating during the project.
The plan is to cover it with blue silk and line the brim with cream dupioni (not completely period accurate, but this will be on the inside and not as noticeable). Still have to play with the ribbons, but the wide cream will be used for the ties, and the thinner cream and pale green for pipe trims. The flowers, bing cherries, and leaves will go at the very top of the crown, similar to the ones in my research plates.
Keep your fingers crossed that the next time I post about the bonnet, it will be finished!
And just for fun, a late night selfie from when I had actually finished the bonnet.