Thursday, August 7, 2014

A small bergere hat

I've always been vaguely dissatisfied with the wide straw hat that I bought at colonial Williamsburg, so I decided to take my critiques of it and make a hat of my own just how I liked it, with the straw braid I wanted to make into a leghorn hat for 1860s.
The brim is so small because I was lazy and didn't want to work on this hat anymore.  The decorations and ties are both vintage rayon ribbon that looks and feels like silk.  The hat is all hand sewn using cotton and silk thread, and it took about a week and a half working on and off.  I really enjoyed working with straw, even though it does take a long time.
Also, note that the ruffly cap is for sale.  Buy please? (a steal at $35)

And I have been redoing several old dresses and making new petticoats:
 Which hopefully explains my recent silence.


  1. That is impressive! I think I might have gone crazy trying to sew all that braid together. The ribbon complements it so well, and it looks beautiful with your dress :)

    1. I nearly did go crazy, haha! That's why it's so tiny. I mean seriously, it's like a kid's hat. But I've found extants that are smaller so I'm not too worried.