Today’s Bonnet

Here is the latest in my summer series of straw bonnets. This natural straw bonnet will work for a late 50s through early 60s impression as it has a moderately high and gently shaped brim. It will best suit an average size head. The brim is wired while the cheektabs and neckline are not.

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  1. Lovely. I have been reading through many of your posts. Am I understanding things correctly. If a young girl were to travel on a train or in a buggy in 1856-1960 would she were a straw hat in the summer? Would she where a knitted hood in the winter? What about the spring and fall? Would she also were a cape with her straw hat or knitted hat?
    Thanks! I have been reading your blogs and looking at pictures at various places trying to confirm my findings.

  2. Thank you for your compliments.
    Straw works nicely for traveling, particularly during warmer weather. A straw hat for a young girl may be more comfortable in a buggy than a train depending on the seating. I find in a railcar I like to rest my head back. This is so-so in terms of comfort in a bonnet; I’m not sure how comfortable it would be in a hat. In a formal ladies’ car, she likely would have removed her hat anyway. Another great blog just recently posted a piece that you may find interesting. Take a look at the second larger paragraph: http://civilianwartime.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/please-send-me-paper-pattern-of-little-boys-pants-and-jacket-or-what-is-worn-this-fall-cw150/ (“I am so sorry that I did not bring a straw bonnet with me, as I have nothing but my silk bonnets, which are not suitable for the country or travelling. I bought me an old-fashioned and very coarse straw hat and paid thirty dollars for it, prices for things here are awful, twenty dollars for a pair of shoes, calico four dollars a yard, glove five dollars a pr. Still people buy and everyone looks right nice. I don’t know how some get along – but money seems very plentiful with everyone.”)
    Cold weather, winter options definitally include a knitted hood. Quilted hoods are also an option. Spring and fall would really depend on the weather in the area you are traveling in. A traveler may likely have a bonnet and a hood with her. Figure a hood could pack away nicely in a bag.
    For an outer garment, I’m a big fan of coats over capes due to the mobility and temperature comfort. Regardless of preferance, an outergarment would be worn or brought with.
    I hope that helps.

  3. This helps TREMENDOUSLY! I have your quilted hood pattern. I also have a quilted hood that I purchased from a lady who needed to make a different size. I have one cape and need to make another to go with the second hood I will make. I have not picked out the material as yet. Could I email you the pictures of the quilted hood and cape that I have and see what you think? Your blog has truly helped me to think things through. I love your enthusiasm that comes through for this period of history.

  4. I am glad that helped. You are more than welcome to email me.


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