1730s-1820s Lappet Caps sewing Pattern
1730s-1820s Lappet Caps Sewing Pattern by Country Wives
Based on their area of knowledge, Country Wives decided at first to specialize in caps of British, Canadian and American designs of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Then they decided to feature lappet caps. These two decisions, it appears, were contradictory. While seeking documentation, it became clear that true lappets were not a feature of British caps. In North America, true lappet caps reflected the French experience, and were quite outmoded by the late 18th century. Hogarth, painting in England, shows caps with long, usually ruffled bands, often tied on top of the head or loosely under the chin, in the 2nd quarter of the 18th century.So, Country Wives decided to offer their version of true lappet caps anyways, since they had spent many hours perfecting the styles and the fit. Then decided to make British caps that come as close as one can find to a lappet style. Caps such as View B and C were extremely common over quite a long time span (covering 1730's to 1820's in their research) and were made of a variety of sturdy or delicate white cottons and linens, reflecting the fact that these caps could be worn by women of any age and of varying levels of society - country women, farmers, maids, genteel ladies.
The 2 crown patterns and 3 lappet patterns are interchangeable to make a number of different combinations.
See back cover photo for fabric and notion requirements.
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