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
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!!