|Photograph courtesy of Maria M.|
As always, I turned to the historical examples for inspiration: and I was taken with the wide brims & ribbons piled sky high!
|Marquise de Blaizel by Sir Thomas Lawrence, late 1820s.|
(Image via: Old Rags)
|Bonnet ca. 1830, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston|
(Image via: OMG that Dress!)
Next came prettying up the insides so that the straw wouldn't catch my hair, and binding the edges to cover the wire and raw edges.
To the outside! A heavy corduroy covers the crown with a band of plaid (left over from the dress trim) tacked around. Grosgrain ribbon was used for ties.
The rest of that nice (vintage?) grosgrain, which was also used in creating the muff, became ribbon loops. Hand pleated loops of the plaid cotton and gathered loops of ivory, wired ribbon were also added as trim. A large, swooping plume completed the look:
|Close up shot of the trim.|
And a few more pictures of the bonnet on me, courtesy of the best, little sister & loyal photographer:
|Revealing the girl behind the camera a.k.a. photo-bombing the sister's selfie!|
As you can tell, we try to make photo shoots fun...and, yes, there are always a lot of silly pictures taken, (which Maria makes sure to save for future blackmail, sisters...) Anyways, stay tuned for the upcoming 1820s Mad for Plaid photo shoot, which will probably be the last for some time as I will be leaving for college! 'Till next summer, Maria, and 'till next time, dear readers!