This olive Regency shaped bonnet was made as part of outerwear for a GBACG tall ship
adventure which never happened.
My blog construction posts follow:
I call it done for now
I finished the trim and glued and sewed in the lining and will call it down for now. It's not quite like the fashion plate, but close for me making the pattern myself.
Glue and stitch witchery and heavy interfacing with lining
See the dark spot on the lining? That's dried glue, dagnabit! It is not going to come off the silk.
I pinned on trim and I think I cut the middle buttoned sections too short by an inche each side. I may have to sew some another section of "ribbon" to get longer ones.
Regency bonnet progress
Still bonnet work
Instead of finishing the bonnet today, I did a lot of seam ripping and redo-ing. Redid the inside lining that I messed up by trying to glue iron on. Made bias seam tape for the bonnet edge and tried stitching it on twice before deciding it was too thin and then ripping off one more time before sewing on a wider tape. Made silk ties and then decided they looked too thick compared to Regency fashion plates (that appear to have thinner ties than Victorian bonnets) so had to resew them as well.
Redo inside brim
Testing trim with the too thin binding and too fat ribbon ties. You can see how the binding doesn't flip up to cover the stitching.
Sewing binding (photo shows sewing the thinner binding too far away from the edge).
Interior view with sewn binding
Exterior view of binding and look with thinner ties Brim is only tacked on to crown so hopefully some of the velvet bubbling will be fixed later.
Next Steps on the Bonnet
Iron on the binding
Sew fabric on top
Sew fabric on crown. Not sure I like the extra bulk around the top seam.
Pin fabric to brim and thought it was too loosey goosey so decided to try to use Stitch Witchery
Stitch Witchery left bubbles so not sure I like that result either.
Stitch fabric to brim, but it also is not smooth.
Regency bonnet buckram framing top to crown
Regency Bonnet Buckramed
Here is the bonnet double double-weight buckram with millinery wire around the edges and center back seams sewn up.
I cut the edges of the brim a little early.
Next up: sew the top of the crown on. Then maybe some binding around wire edges and maybe fake mull the inside of the brim.
I'm not sure what the inside of a fall/winter Regency hat was. Wool? Silk?
Regency bonnet hat
 My sewing machine is in the shop for, at least, two weeks. It doesn't hold speed, starting at a good clip and then getting slower and slower and slower until it stops entirely. Pulling out the foot pedal and putting it back in fixes temporarily. Buying new pneumatic foot pedal did not fix.
So, while it is in the shop, I started thinking about making a Regency bonnet for the GBACG Tall Ship event.
I am tempted to make the crown higher. Maybe more like 5.5" high, but think I will go with this pattern for now.