Sunday, March 17, 2013

Millinery: 1860s Bonnet

In Millinery class last year I created this 1860s Green Silk Bonnet. I just recently photographed it. I created the bonnet pattern. The bonnet is made from buckram and covered in silk taffeta. The trim was inspired by an original bonnet (see below) and the fabric flowers were hand made.

I have always had a love of millinery, having dabbled in it over the years, and I'm looking forward to making more bonnets this summer!


Hand made fabric flowers.

I found Helen Gibb's book "Secrets of Fashioning Ribbon Flowers" to be the most helpful book on the subject. Her ribbon flowers look the most like real flowers. Some of her ribbon flower tutorials are available on

Original Bonnet from which trim was inspired.
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  1. Wow, that is a beautiful bonnet. Those hand made flowers are stunning. Its amazing how its those types of features that really make an accessory.

  2. Eileen Reilly Nephin BishMarch 17, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Gorgeous work Lindsey!!!

  3. Stunning! Love how you weren't afraid to combine those colors together like a true mid-19th century milliner. ;)

  4. If you hadn't said that you made it, I would have thought it was a well preserved original!

  5. Hello Lindsey,
    I have just discovered your blog and I really love it. It's os interesting!
    I will take time now to read every post.
    i like to do miniatures and my next project is a milliner's workshop so I think your hats'pictures will be a great source of inspiration.
    I can't wait for the next post.
    Patrick in Thailand

  6. Thanks for the kind comments! I'm hoping to wear this to an event this summer...but not without first adding some lace to the inside - a detail that I didn't have time to complete while in the midst of the school semester. ;)