Half bonnet

Here’s a few images of our mid 19th century half bonnet created for a living historian in Ohio (#ML2). It just screams summer time with it’s bright royal blue check tails and white point d’esprit over straw!


This bonnet style is small, light weight, and fits closer to the head than the full bonnets of the Victorian period. The half bonnet gained popularity during the second half of the 19th century. By the 1880s, the half bonnet had diminished in size to sit just atop the head.


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.