1840s-1850s Drawn Bonnet

Wanting to keep my millinery skills fresh, I recently put together two matching silk drawn (or shirred) bonnets. Inspired by an original in the Henry Ford Collection, I was intrigued by the hybrid construction of this particular bonnet.

Image courtesy The Henry Ford.

My 100% silk reproduction bonnet is constructed over a small buckram frame that sits at the back of the bonnet to provide structure, durability, and shape. The body of the bonnet is drawn over canes and hand stitched to the wired frame. The front of the bonnet around the face is “free” or structured solely by the canes.

A narrow matching ruffle is hand stitched to the interior brim of the bonnet and hand made rosettes accent each side. A vintage button sets off each of the rosettes. The interior of the bonnet is fully lined in cotton muslin.

These two bonnets are for sale in my shop. The are identical.

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About Susan

My interest in historical costume began at a very early age. I knew by age 5 I wanted to be a designer. Over the years I have been fortunate enough to turn my passion into a full time business. You can find my costumes onstage in NYC, on the big screen, and in museums around the globe.