Not just any, ordinary cap, mind you, but a frilly mass of lace and ruffles that would have had Mrs. Bennet's approval!
|Too many ruffles you ask? Nonsense!!|
As with any historic project, I began by looking at extant examples. (Here's my Pinterest Board of 19th Century Caps)
|I was inspired by the lace insertion, specifically on the front band,|
on this mid-19th century cap from the Met.
(Image via: Met. Museum, accession number: 11.60.259)
|I was also inspired by the lace edging on these flounces.|
What a gorgeous 1840s cap with cording and Bucks lace!
(Image via: Etsy)
|Hem rolling in progress.|
...40 hours later...we have a finished cap!!
|Front view of my newly completed cap.|
I will admit that when I first tried on the cap, I was not pleased with the look. However, within a few minutes of wearing it, it definitely grew on me - I love it!
Watching: BBC Sherlock, seasons 2 & 3
Construction shots: The cap is entirely hand stitched with period correct techniques, including 1/16th inch rolled hems and rolled whipped gathers. The lace edging was attached with a combination of teeny-tiny running stitches and the occasional whip stitch for extra security.
Completed shots: Featuring the cap from every angle imaginable! I apologize for the poor lighting...
|I love the neat look of rolled whipped gathers!|
|Lace edging close up shot.|
And even one picture of the cap on me thanks to our very talented & dedicated museum photographer, Ruby Foote:
|Mackay photo credit: Ruby Foote.|
(Image via: Yuletide 2)
Jeanette does a lot of sewing in between and during scenes. In fact, it took her the first two days of the opening weekend to finish her cap. Only one weekend of Yuletide Tours left - hope to see you there! (And back here for the upcoming photo shoot :) Thanks for reading!