2018 Millinery Q&A

_20170709_132958While I have yet to see a flower breaking through the ground, I hear they are out there. This means spring is coming and it is time to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about my straw millinery….

Where can I find your bonnets or hats? My are only available through my Etsy Shop. I announce them here in my blog when I post them in Etsy.

When are straw bonnets or hats available? During the school year, I make about one piece per week. I sew more frequently in the summer while school is out (the very end of June through the end of August here.) 

How do I find out about new pieces? I post new pieces to my shop and blog first. The easiest way to see these pieces first, is to subscribe to this blog. (over on the right) This way you receive email notifications of new posts including the posts with new millinery pieces.

_20180322_201104What makes your hats and bonnets different from those at merchants/sutlers? The straw hats and bonnets I make are made with straw plait, sewn in the round entirely by hand. Each piece is based on many years of research, using original pieces for study, and blocked on hand made and antique millinery blocks.  Mass marketed bonnets and hats are machine sewing on lesser plait, heat pressed, die cut, and machine edged in in-accurate shapes.

How do I know what size hat I wear? Most Civil War Era hats sit high on a person’s head. There are a few exception, such as the Mousquitiare hat. 

_20170818_100759For Civil War era hats – Please measure around your head at your hairline. Subtract 1″ to 1.5″. This is approximately the circumference of the hat’s crown you will need. For example: I have a 21.5″ head. I wear a 19.5″ to 20″ low crown hat. (I wear a 20.5″ Mousquitiare hat.)

For Regency era hats – These hats sit further down on your head. Measure in the same spot. Choose a hat close to or slightly larger than your measurement. (remember lining can take up an good inch inside.)

For other eras – I will try to annotate these clearly.

Do you take Custom Orders? This year I will not be taking custom orders at least until the summer.

How can I pay for a bonnet or hat? All of my sales go through Etsy. I don’t mind paying Etsy their fees because Etsy keeps track of my sales, my sales tax, and makes doing my taxes easier.

IMG_20180114_154321Do I make drawn bonnets, sunbonnets, etc? – No. I do not make drawn bonnets any more.

I focus on straw millinery, sewn winter bonnets/hoods, and the occasional evening headdress.

Do you make doll millinery? Yes, I do make doll millinery. These are occasional pieces that I will make available in my shop. Please keep in mind dolls are harder to fit than humans.




Published in: on March 27, 2018 at 4:00 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Anna, I would like to enter into a dialogue with you about a custom order when you come across more of the two-tone straw. I cannot get that mousquetaire (sp?) out of my mind! I measured according to your directions and came up to 23″ again. However, when I measure at the hairline as you suggested, do I go over my ears, in front of or behind? I must have a hat that fits down onto my head so it stays put. Any evidence that these ever had ‘strings attached’? Thanks for entertaining my notion. Joy

  2. Hi Joy,
    I will keep my eyes open for more two tone straw. I do have one hank that is paper straw. I took a chance on it hoping it was real straw.
    I need to do a post describing the measurements better. I will do that asap. The measurement needs to go above your ears.
    I am looking for a tapered block in a slightly larger size. The Mousquetaire hat that sold this morning was blocked loosely over the one I have now. I was able to get it another inch bigger.
    I have not see ribbon ties hanging from inside this style yet. The shallow crown hat shows up frequently with ties showing.

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