Regency Stovepipe Bonnet Without a Pattern

See the bottom of this post for a link to the photos and information on how I made this.

Okay, this took way too long for me to sew.

I had trouble keeping interest going with wanting to sew, trouble panicking over what I had sewn, and stopping to consider what I needed to do differently this time than the last hat I made.

Probably a good thing I took my time, because I may have made some mistakes and ended up  hating yet another project!

But here it is, my first sewing project for 2014!

I don’t have photos of me wearing it yet, and I think it looks a lot different on me than the styrofoam head. I’d like to try to figure out my hairstyle and at least add part of a costume before I get more photos, though.

As usual, click the image below to see the photos and the information. I did not take a lot of in-progress photos — I’ve already done a lot of that on the Gainsborough Hat page (I’ve included links from there).

Thanks for looking!

About Cynthia Griffith

I have way too many interests and hobbies, and continually cycle through them -- paying attention to some, while others wait for when I can get around to them again. My main interests are sewing and costuming (I enjoy historical clothing, such as 18th and 19th century, as well as fantasy costumes like elves and hopefully someday even dwarves), as well as getting back to art by drawing fan art of Thorin Oakenshield and Company. My husband Christopher and I spend a lot of time together, enjoying the outdoors and shared hobbies such as juggling. This blog and website is my way to share what I'm up to with friends and family.
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4 Responses to Regency Stovepipe Bonnet Without a Pattern

  1. Well, you know I like it a lot…and think it’s cool that you can look at things and make what you want. I’ve always been fascinated by old patterns and the “right” way of doing things…and wondered if, back then, there were people doing what you do: looking at things and making it on their own, without assistance of others or patterns. And…if anyone ever made an advance in the way they did things in their attempts to figure things out that eventually became the norm…

  2. I’ve often wondered if there were those who made things, yet either didn’t know exactly how or had their own favorite ways of working, or in a moment of forgetfulness did something slightly backwards. Why would they be any different than some of us? I’d like to think that’s possible anyway. 🙂

    And I’m sure plenty of advances in all things occurred because of mistakes or pondering new ways to try things. 😀

  3. Isis says:

    I love it!

  4. Thank you, Isis! 🙂 Looking forward to getting photos of me wearing it in the near future if I can finish everything else in time!

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