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Topic: Bodacious Bonnet Bonanza - Edit; now with more bonnets 9/4/10  (Read 3824 times)
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« on: August 23, 2010 10:38:40 PM »

Thanks for clicking on this topic despite the obnoxious alliteration title XD.
First some back-story (feel free to skip):
I work in a store that sells reproductions of Victorian clothing. We carry mostly things from other vendors, but some of our products are made in-house.  My boss (the fabulous lady behind the Laughing Moon patterns  Cheesy) is currently teaching me how to make and trim bonnets.  
these are all made from scratch (buckram and wire), covered in silk taffeta and decorated with new and vintage ribbons and flowers.


Without further ado, PIX:






Edit 9/4 - New bonnets
This is an 1850's style bonnet with green moire ribbonwork;

This is an 1850's style bonnet which is self-trimmed
front:

Side:

Closeup of ribbon-work on the outside of the bonnet:

Closeup of the ribbon-work on the inside of the bonnet


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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2010 10:44:42 PM »

These are so awesome! Crazy, but I can't imagine these being hand made. they look so professional, but well.. I guess in the Victorian era, someone had to have made them then too. Awesome job on these way cool hats!
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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2010 12:24:01 AM »

This is something I could never do! Mind boggling perfection!  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2010 05:01:13 AM »

(1) your job sounds like a dream
(2) you has some madddd hat making skills! Beautiful!
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« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2010 06:30:17 AM »

Wow, I'm stunned! They look incredible!
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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2010 07:05:49 AM »

whoa! Awesome job & awesome bonnets~
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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2010 07:41:22 AM »

I love the first one. It makes me want to dance around singing "I'm a lady" and drink tea with my pinky in the air.
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« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2010 09:33:44 AM »

Wow thank you Cheesy.
I do indeed have the best job ever - I love going to work every day!
And the bonnets aren't actually that hard to make - you just sew up a buckram frame, wire the edges and then make a sort of slip-cover for it.  The only thing that might be considered hard would be the amount of hand-work required.
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« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2010 12:09:45 PM »

These are amazing! I thought buckram was the stuff in hoop skirts? I used some as boning in a corset I made. It was a little over half an inch wide, with wire on the sides and a space in the middle without so you can sew up the center. At least I was told it was buckram!
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« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2010 06:16:17 PM »

These are amazing! I thought buckram was the stuff in hoop skirts? I used some as boning in a corset I made. It was a little over half an inch wide, with wire on the sides and a space in the middle without so you can sew up the center. At least I was told it was buckram!


I've never heard of that type of corset boning before, but it sounds interesting! The only kinds of corset bones I've previously heard about are plain steel bones and spiral steel bones.  How did the buckram bones work out?  I'm fairly certain that hoopskirts also have steel in them.

Where did you get the boning for your corset?

The buckram was a stiff fabric which looked like cheesecloth dipped in white glue - it was as stiff as cardboard.
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