Following on the heels (sorry, couldn't resist the shoe pun!) of my last blog post on the Making on an 1820s Morning Dress, I wanted to spotlight the two accessories that really made the ensemble complete: the beribboned cap and slippers with bow clips and hand-dyed tassels!
|More is more with ruffles, ribbons, and bows!|
If you've been following me for a while, you know I'm all about those big, ruffly, and beribboned caps of the Regency through Romantic eras! I don't think I'll ever tire of making or wearing them...they're just so ridiculous and period. Anyways, this post is to show what a little wired ribbon can do to instantly transform a cap!
While mine was not intended to be a replica - this portrait of Mrs. Miller captures the look I was going for oh so well: down to the double ruffles and pink ribbons!
|Portrait of Mrs. Miller of Newton, New Jersey, by John S. Blunt|
Image source: Pinterest
And here's my version of an 1820s beribboned cap, featuring double ruffles and wired ribbon loops:
|An 1820s beribboned cap decorated with wired ribbon loops.|
Interior cotton twill tape "utility" ties,
and decorative ties of the same ombré ribbon with wires removed.
I really let the ribbon guide me as I decorated the cap. First, I made a large double-loop bow with tails, which was tacked at the top center. I used a long continuous length of ribbon for the side bows, and tacked them along the entire band of the cap. After removing the wire, I also added ribbon streamers, which can be tied under the chin, or left loose like in the portrait above.
|In this side view, you can really see the double layer of ruffles -|
the entire cap is handstitched with narrow rolled hems and whipped rolled gathers.
If you're also not able or wanting to spend a small fortune on period footwear (and don't mind a modern cheat or two), try making shoe clips! I transformed a pair of cheap red flats that had a similar, narrow rounded toe with a squared foot opening to Regency era examples, with clip-on bows and handmade tassels. Perhaps they read more costume, but they make me happy!
I used this very pretty embroidered pair of women's shoes from RISD museum for scale: I wanted to line the edges of my slippers, and mimic the side seams with pink petersham ribbon to help with the illusion, but I didn't have anything similar on hand at the time. And, this was just for pictures anyways.
|Women's shoes, c.1810.|
RISD museum, (object number: 37.335)
To make my shoe clips, I used the same ombré ribbon with the wire removed for the bows. Then, after observing other extant examples with all kinds of fringe and tassels - I set to making my own tassels from leftover cotton yarns that I've dyed in shades of red and pink. Once I was happy with the bows, I added metal shoe clips to the back:
|Here's what the removable shoe clips look like on their own:|
Ombré ribbon bows with hand-dyed tassels with metal backings.
By making them removable, I can mix-and-match with other shoes.
Here's what the shoe clips look like when installed: and from the comfort of my own parlor, they're passable for Regency slippers to me!
And that's a wrap for this Regency wrapper (terrible pun, I know) and the series - I can't wait to actually wear the morning dress for an event! I still have a long ways to go on my 1820s wardrobe before August, as I still need to make a day dress, outerwear, bonnet, and maybe a linen shift and new set of long stays if there's time.
|Lounging around like it's the 1820s!|
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