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A few weekends ago as a Birthday present, my dad payed the fee for me to take a Greater Bay Area Costumers Guild millinery class. The class was focused on two styles of spoon bonnet, 1850-60's. The class was taught by Lynn Taylor. This is the same teacher/ class where I made my 18th C. Berge last year.

I was inspired by this surviving bonnet (from 1840):

So for my fabric I took some black moire I had left over from a coat I abandoned a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away...anyway. I managed to mostly finished the frame, and I did all of the mulling. I still have to sew certain parts of the fabric on before I can fully finish connecting the two "halves" of the hat.


More pictures: )
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On Sunday I was A model in a Regency Fashion show- part of the twelve month "How Austentatious!" reading and lecture program at the Sacramento library. The Head organizer is of the program is Stephenee Borelli and the fashion lecture and the show were organized by Shelley Monson.

To Watch the Fashion show, Hear the lectures, and learn more about the program go to the Library's page"http://www.saclibrary.org/?pageId=1254 They are planning on having an Austen themed Tea in the same hall in the near future. I am not really sure how quickly they will have the fashion show up, but hopefully soon!

To see all the pictures I took go Here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/48512843@N04/sets/72157625243689594/

To see my favorites look behind the cut. )
This was the first time I got to wear my bonnet, and it stayed on perfectly!! Ironically, the entire time I was making it it did not want to! I did not even end up using the fancy hat pin I bought...

It was really fun to be in the fashion show, and I enjoyed answering people's questions. I had gotten used to being around other people in costumes- while in costume- it was refreshing to be asked things that usually don't come up in conversation among costumers. You know what I mean? Everyone was very curious!

Afterwords I went with my carpool to get some food, hhhmmmm BBQ is GOOD after a day of corsets and light snacks!

Also, Now I REALLY want a riding habit.
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It took me longer than I expected because I couldn't make my mind up about trim, but my bonnet is now officially complete! Just in time too, next weekend I am going to be in a Regency Fashion show for a Jane Austen Reading program at the Sacramento Library. Now since my bonnet is finished I can make the few small tweaks on my dress I have been wanting to do with out worrying about time.

More Pictures! )

Now that this bonnet is complete I should probably starting thinking about the 1850's Bonnet I started last weekend in a class, or maybe I should finish those corsets...or just do my homework...:/
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Right now I am leaning towards no ties. It looks more sophisticated and less little Bo Peep? The only downsize is it is not as secure, so I will need to add combs, or horsehair to pin the bonnet onto my head. Or probably I should go get some flesh tone or white eave clips. Opinions? Ideas?

More Views and Thoughts )
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I started this Regency Bonnet a few days ago, and was hoping to get it to a "wearable" condition in time for the Mad hatter Tea (I was going to mount my ears temporarily to it) Alas that did not happen, and I am kind of glad because I think the little cap was cuter, and less distracting from the ears than the bonnet would have been.

I Have been following this tutorial Here: http://regencysa.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=sundries&action=display&thread=431 And it has been working really well with a few style adjustments! (Make sure you scroll all the way down to get the full tutorial, she does two different hats)

My Progress Photos )


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