Here are a few images of a recently completed soft bodied 1860s era high fashion spoon bonnet I completed for a customer attending a San Francisco Dickens Festival.
The bonnet is chocolate brown shot silk with iridescent red netting and handmade ribbon roses. Just a hint of green makes this bonnet not only holiday friendly, but a perfect year round bonnet as well.
In lieu of building a complete buckram frame, I prefer to make a soft body out of muslin that cradles the back of the head. This way, the bonnet molds to the head rather than the head conforming to the shape of the bonnet frame.
However, the bonnet brim is heavily stiffened to hold its shape over a long period of time. By combining a soft muslin body with a stiffened brim, the result is an extremely lightweight bonnet and a perfect fit.
This style of bonnet works best with a low hair style but will accommodate a mid level hair style as well.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Maggie May’s Historic Clothing!