To all who mourn in Israel, He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory. Isaiah 61:3

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Elizabeth Bennet's Wedding Trousseau: Bonnet Compete


She's done!  Laaaaaaaa!!!  I am truly excited about this bonnet!  I was waiting for the perfect piece of lace to the under brim and I found it at the first antique store Mom and I went to yesterday, The Antique World Mall in Boise...faaaaabulous mall!!  I spent a while yesterday/last evening getting it all nicely placed then sewed it down and....FINITO!!!!  So...here she is!

The making of the orange blossom circlet was tricky, as I didn't have a full image of the entire thing.  I had three different views of the bonnet, then imagined what the missing parts would look like.

I love this picture of Lizzy!  She looks so happy and radiant!!

Source: The Garden of Delights Tumblr....incredible images can be found here!

Aaaawe!!!  This makes my heart so happy!!


I covered a circle of buckram with two layers of mull (flannel) and off white silk.  There is also a smaller one on the inside to nicely cover everything up!


Sigh...I adore waxed orange blossoms...


I love how you can see the pretty lace through the tulle...

I apologize for the non Regency Era correct hair on Emma...I do not have a wig for her from this time period...so please use your imagination!

Fun shot of the underneath/inside of the bonnet....

Beautiful antique net lace...




The Challenge:  #7 Tops and Toes

Fabric:  Silk Tulle, antique lace

Pattern:  My own

Year:  1814

Notions:  Millinery wire, antique waxed orange blossoms, antique leaves, thread, florists tape and wire

How Historically Accurate Is It:  I am not 100% sure!  It is patterend after the wedding bonnet Elizabeth Bennet wears in the 1995 edition of Pride and Prejudice.  It is in the shape of bonnets from 1814.  I can't recall at this exact point in time ever seeing an extant wire framed bonnet from the Regency Era.  I will have to do more research.  I did use silk tulle.  As for the waxed orange blossoms, while Queen Victoria made is the fashion to wear orange blossoms on her wedding day, the wearing of orange blossoms had been the fashion long before then, read here: A Wedding Tradition.

Hours To Complete:  Over 20

First Worn:  Not yet...plan on wearing it to Costume Collete


Next up is the wedding dress and coat which will have to be put on hold for a bit...but at least the bonnet is completed!!

Be Blessed my friends!!

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34 comments:

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    1. Thank you very much Caroline!
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    1. Thank you very much Magrat!
      Blessings!
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    1. Thank you very much Diane!
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  4. Absolutely beautiful, Gina. I love the lace you added to it, and the orange blossoms....*swoon*. I would love to go to your antique mall.
    Val

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    1. Thank you so much Val! If you ever get to Boise, I will totallly take you! It is faaaabulous!!!

      Blessings!
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  5. Ohhh... it's stunning! I adore these wire hats like this. I'd love to try one myself someday so thanks for the construction tips. Sure are such an inspiration!

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    1. Thank you so very much Jen! They are super easy to construct, it just takes a bit of time..but they are so very worth it! I can't wait to see yours!

      Blessings!
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    1. Thank you so much Emily!
      Blessings!
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    1. Thank you so much Thalia!
      Blessings!
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  8. This bonnet is almost edible, it's so frothy and dainty! A beautiful job.

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    1. What a delightfully fun compliment Carol! Thank you!
      Blessings!
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  9. Goodness gracious, that's adorably pretty! If I was ever to have a historical themed wedding, I'll definitely want you to be the one creating my hat! Ooh how beautiful it is, and I'm not exaggerating this time!

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    1. Oooooh! What a fantastic compliment Eleonora! Aaaaand if you ever have a historically themed wedding, I'd love to make you a hat!

      Blessings!
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    1. Thank you very much Nessa!
      Blessings!
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  11. I just love how delicate this is! Beautiful! Wire construction is so rarely done--it needs to be more popular, I think :)

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    1. Thank you so much Katherine! I too agree with you...wire frame hats need to be more popular! They are so glorious!

      Blessings!
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  12. It's exquisite! I would not know it was not the original. That version of P & P is our all-time favorite. Hubby and I still watch it once a year.
    Well done, you!!

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    1. Oh thank you so much Mary!! That is exactly the look I was going for! I too love this version of P&P...it is the absolute best!!

      Blessings!
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  13. Quite stunning, Gina! You did a fantastic job. It really looks like the one in the movie. I hope you get to wear it.

    Best,
    Quinn

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    1. Thank you so very much Quinn! I worked really hard to get it as close to the original as possible....so I'm very happy with your compliment!! I hope it looks good with my short hair...I am going to try my best to do it Regency!!

      Blessings!
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  14. I just saw that you put me on your blogroll on your page. Thank you so much. I wondered where the extra traffic came from. I shall return the favor.

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    1. You are most welcome and thank you!!

      Blessings!
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  15. Okey, I'm about to die from a costumer heart attack. This bonnet is incredible. *sight*

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    1. Oh! Blush...thank you so very much!! Your comment has totally made me smile!!

      Be Blessed!
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  16. Oh! Blush...thank you so very much!! Your comment has totally made me smile!!

    Be Blessed!
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  17. I always feel so fortunate to see these projects in progress then completely terrible because I tend to neglect commenting on them here. Its perfectly outstanding of coarse and I'm tickled I get to see it in person in August. It is "sheer" delight!

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    1. Oh piffle!!! Don't even worry about my friend!! I can't wait for you to see it!! I am so very happy with it!! "It is 'sheer' delight"...you crack me up my dear!!

      Blessings!
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