I've fallen a little bit off of the sewing wagon...but I have a good excuse. I am slowing inching my way back into the Historical Sew Fortnightly Challenges...beginning with Challenge #9: Flora and Fauna. Below, I've posted several c.1800 fashion plates that I found on Dames a la Mode. They were the inspiration for my project: My Capote, restyled, turban inspired, and sporting an ostrich feather.
A darling, blue velvet turban, trimmed in white, and with a curving ostrich feather.
Another turban, sporting a single ostrich feather.
Capote styled like a turban.
A couple more fashion plates that inspired me can be found HERE and HERE. Both of these are sporting chin straps...and after wearing my turban styled capote (it's very heavy and slides off of my head easily,) I can see why a strap would be useful. I might have to add one later.
Once I found the inspiration, it was easy to transform my Capote. I turned up the front brim, and twisted, pleated, folded and pinned the fabric into place until I got the shape I wanted. What makes this hat acceptable to the Flora and Fauna challenge? The bonnet is made of hemp straw (flora), the fabric is linen (also flora), the white trim is silk (fauna) and the ostrich feather (obviously fauna.)
Just the Facts
The Challenge: Flora and Fauna: Capote refashioned turban style.
Pattern: None, draped.
Notions: Thread, silk trim, ostrich feather
How historically accurate is it? The design, notions and fabric are accurate to the period. It is hand sewn, but I'm not sure the construction is what they would have done...I sort of winged it as I went.
Hours to complete: About 2.
First worn: Today, but only for the photo shoot.
Total cost: Free, sort of...everything was from my stash, so I didn't purchase it now, but at some point I did. Maybe $8?