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 HGTV.com.