Huzzah!! With the bonnet complete for my 1840s Mourning ensemble, I now only have to tackle the dress before next Saturday! I think I can to it!
I really admire the gorgeous bonnet from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and so decided that it was what I would use for my ensemble. It is simple and elegant and conveys mourning perfectly.
I used all fabrics from my stash! Huzzah for that! I think this ensemble is going to all come from my stash! Anyhoo, it is made of black cotton, black silk crape, silk tulle and silk dupioni. I was happy to find some vintage flat black satin ribbon today for the ties!
Inspiration: Museum of Fine Arts Boston
The original is made of silk and silk crape. The ties are also made of crape, but I didn't want to use that for my ties as it seemed like they would have been a bit flimsy.
The website for the original doesn't have a view of the inside of the bonnet so I don't know what that looks like. I decided I wanted to make the bonnet appropriate for half or second mourning as I have a really fabulous antique hair brooch I will be wearing with this ensemble. Plus I want to use my cashmere shawl with the dress, so white on the inside it is! I had seen on a few examples that there is a ruffle around the brim and thought it rather sweet and soft.
The curtain on the original is trimmed in crape, a fun accent!
I was sort of stressing about the non-smoothness of the cotton on the top, sort of like wavey wrinkles. Then I noticed that the original has them so I feel much better! If the Victorians could have non smooth bonnets, so can I!!
I hope you have all had a really marvelous week so far! I am going to sit back and relax and give my grouchy fingers a break!