1866 Straw half bonnet

I was recently contacted byMichael Nelson Studioto complete a straw half bonnet for an upcoming photo shoot. The shoot is for the cover of a novel set in 1866 Missouri. The photo will be a portrait of a young lady in her 20s.

I was asked by MNS for something simple. Only the front of the bonnet will be featured in the image. The color specification was blue and the setting will be Spring. I was asked to create something light and youthful but not too frilly.

Here is what I came up with.

1860s era straw bonnet1860s era straw bonnet
And here’s the bonnet featured on the cover of the novel!

About Susan

Hi! My name is Susan and I am a historian, seamstress, teacher, mother, and wife. My passion for history has manifested itself in the art of recreating clothing from different periods of time. Growing up in the American South, I am heavily schooled in the art of recreating clothing from the 19th century. After nearly a decade of immersing myself primarily in the Victorian period, I found the need to branch out and explore other periods of time. However, it is my connection with the American South and the clothing of rural America that continues to be the driving force behind my designs.

2 thoughts on “1866 Straw half bonnet

  1. Hello Val-
    Thank you for your kind compliments! I am very pleased to hear you are reading my blog. Natalie Garbett provides such invaluable information on 18th and 19th century clothing! I look forward to comparing notes on historical clothing with you as well!

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