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« on: March 26, 2011 06:39:00 AM »

Colonial Bonnets:
My 9 year old little cousin needs to dress up for school as a woman from Colonial Times but the teacher doesn't want the parents to buy anything, just use what they had in their closets. She did also say not to make anything but let's face it how many kids today have anything in their closets that can pass for Colonial clothing. So her mom handled the skirt and apron and I made the bonnet. I also had to make a second one for her little sister because you can't make something for one and not the other. For the pattern I winged it and I don't even pretend to claim that it's historically accurate. I cut a large circle and sewed darts in it all the way around. The bottom I cut a triangle into so that it can sit around the back of the head.  Then I attached a brim that is interfaced and sewed on leftover old pieces of hem tape for the ties. They're not perfect but they will work for an elementary school project. I think in the future instead of doing a few large darts I would do a lot of smaller darts to make the back puffier.

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Second Bonnet:

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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2011 07:18:23 AM »

Great job!  I'm very impressed - she'll get an A for sure!
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2011 07:35:19 AM »

Great job! You're gonna make all the other parents look like slouches. Hahahaaa
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2011 07:50:49 AM »

That's very nicely whipped up from scratch. Did you put some stiffer material in the front part of the bonnet to make it stand out and keep its shape?
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2011 08:09:14 AM »

Too cute!

With the calico, they feel 'pioneer' ish to me, but I'm not exactly sure what the difference would be from 'colonial' style (so much for my degree in archaeology... at least I wasn't a history major...that would be really shameful).

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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2011 11:12:39 AM »

Very cute!  I love the print.
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