Progress on the 18th century sewing projects has been slow-going lately for a variety of reasons. I actually had two projects sitting around for a while, waiting for me to finish them. One of them was my 18th century cap.
I didn’t use a purchased pattern for my first cap, but I did use instructions I found on the internet. There were a lot of great options to choose from, so I thought I would give it a try. My first version ended up not working. I didn’t make the back part long or wide enough, so I stopped and started another one. Version 2 still has some issues as well. The back part of the cap still doesn’t seem to have enough room length-wise to cover my hair (I wear it in a bun). This makes the band part of the cap sit back on my head a little more than I like. I thought I had added enough without making the back too poofy, but I guess it wasn’t quite enough. The cap stays on, but it feels as if it could shift too much if I move around a lot, or bump the cap with my hand. I might try pinning the cap on to see if that will help it stay on more securely, otherwise my only other option is to make another cap.
Next time, I think I will make the top part of the back more rounded, lengthen it a bit more, and also use a better fabric like linen (I did not have any linen handy for any of these projects). I used a combination of machine and hand sewing for this cap. Unless I feel the need to use all hand sewing for the next version, I think this will work for now.
My next project is to finish my stays. I’m hoping the pattern I made will work. I’m still nervous to see how it turns out. Although I have made a corset before, I have no idea if this will work out as nicely as I hope. They’re such an important part of the look for this era, I don’t want to get too frustrated trying to get it right. I’ll be so glad when they’re finally finished!