Mid 1860's Drawn Bonnet Sewing Pattern
Mid 1860's Drawn Bonnet Sewing Pattern by Miller's Millinery
An elaborate method of covering a bonnet is made by stitching casings in the covering fabric and pulling or drawing the fabric over reeds or wire. The style may have originated from hoods or dressy caps which used draw strings to form their shape. Whatever its origin, the many extant bonnets of this type indicate the popularity of the drawn bonnet.The original from which this pattern was drafted had a rigid buckram foundation. Its dark gray silk taffeta covering is drawn over pairs of reeds. Three inch wide dark gray silk ribbon bordered in black satin form the bonnet ties and a bow at the center back. The streaming ends of the bow hang almost two inches below the bottom of the curtain. By the fall of 1864 bonnets with shorter curtains became fashionable, indicating that this bonnet was made (or re-made from an earlier bonnet) in 1864 or early 1865. It is currently part of a private Pennsylvania collection.
The included instructions will help you to create a buckram foundation and its drawn covering. Bonnets of this period were hand stitched. However, if a quicker construction time is needed, machine stitching may be used to stitch the casings.
Please see back cover photo for fabric and notion requirements. Recommended for experienced sewers.
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