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Empire of Grace and a New Bonnet For Me!

July 14, 2011

Well, I have finally done it!  Empire of Grace has now gone live (as they say), and my Etsy shop is now open for business.   I have posted five of my bonnets so far, three Empire/Regency bonnets and two Lincolnshire sunbonnets, and more will be added soon.

Empire/Regency bonnet

Lincolnshire sunbonnet

At the moment I am making a new bonnet…for myself!  This time, instead of piping then gathering, I have decided to make a rigid brim.  This will then be covered with fabric decorated with piping-cord in diagonal rows…a bit like these Costume Parisien examples from 1806 and 1807…

Costume Parisien 1806


Costume Parisien 1807

Last week I made a start on this new bonnet.  I began by stitching in two edging rows of piping cord between two layers of fabric.  Usually I would purchase a thick cord, and unravel the strands, but this time I wanted the cord to show, so stitched the rows in fairly snugly, as it would not be gathered.  

When I had finished these two rows, I started on the diagonals…but as I got about a third of the way along, I realised that I was going to have great trouble getting the last rows of piping cord in…so I cast it aside and started again!

How not to do it!

This time I started with the diagonals, and when these are finished then I will edge with the two rows of piping-cord all the way round.

Starting on the diagonals

The plan is to then to stitch this to a rigid base and…well, you will just have to wait and see how I get on in the next instalment, won’t you!  😉

4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 14, 2011 11:30 am

    You’re getting good at the Sandi. Well put together.

  2. July 14, 2011 11:34 am

    Thank you Mr B…practice makes perfect, and without the mistakes, how am I to learn what does and doesn’t work. It’s fun finding out…(except when I swear and cuss at something that I just cannot get right!!)

  3. July 29, 2011 12:16 pm

    Silly me! I have just realised that I would not have had to begin again if I had actually started in the corner and worked outwards!! DOH!!

  4. October 1, 2012 4:59 pm

    I was interested in your Lincolnshire bonnet pattern. We have started an archive of traditional local bonnets and patterns. Please visit the website for further details We would love to add the Lincolnshire bonnet to the website and keep a copy of the pattern in our archive.

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