måndag 4 december 2017

My wool redingote and velvet bonnet

I took a break from planning this spring's teaching and asked Rickard to take photos of me in my new wool redingote and velvet bonnet outdoors. The sun was shining brightly so the colours are...interesting.

More pictures and some construction info this way.

söndag 3 december 2017

And I have a winter bonnet!

My friend Katarina came over for sewing and tea today. She made a 15th century Italian headdress and I made a winter bonnet to wear with my red wool redingote.

I decided to make one of the styles from 1806-1807. It is made from heavy fusible interlining, stainless steel wire and duct tape ;)
And velvet, satin bias tape and velvet ribbon.

Selfie wearing a very modern house dress.

lördag 2 december 2017

Winter bonnets and hats 1810-1819

If one, like me, has a fondness for total insanity in hats, there are few decades that beat the 1810s - well, except for the 1820s and 1830s :)

Quite a few of these I have neither the materials and tools, nor the skills to make, but how I love them.


Bonnet made from Levantine (probably a wool fabric) trimmed with plush, lined douillette (the coat).

Merino redingote and bonnet.

Redingote and bonnet from velvet.

Merino redingote, bonnet trimemd with plush and three plumes.

Redingote of woollen cloth, velvet bonnet.

English fashion magazines didn't state the materials in the fashion plates, though undoubtedly did so in the accompanying text.

A mix of bonnets, some of them made in velvet.


Bonnet made of "reps", woollen cloth redingote.

Bonnet of levantine, redingote of woollen cloth.

Redingote made from levantine, velvet bonnet.

Various bonnets from velvet, satin and plush.

More of the above.


Redingote from merino, trimmed with silk plush, velvet bonnet.

Merino gown trimmed with velvet, boinnet made from velvet and satin.


Cashmere redingote, velvet bonnet.

Merino redingote, velvet bonnet.

Another English fashion plate.

And another one, in the Hussar style.


Coat of Levantine, velvet bonnet.

Merino gown trimmed with velvet and ermine, velvet bonnet.

Velvet redingote, bonnet trimmed with tulle.

Cashmere redingote, velvet bonnet.

"Carrick", a coat derived from male English driving coats, made from woollen cloth and a bonnet made from velvet.


Velvet redingote, bonnet à la Anglaise i.e. in the English style.

Merino gown trimmed with velvet, velvet bonnet.


"Carrick" from woollen cloth and a bonnet made from velvet.

Redingote of merino, bonnet from gros de Naples (grosgrain silk) trimmed with lace.

Merino redingote trimmed with squirrel, bonnet made of "reps".

Gown from merino trimmed with velvet, fur stole made from marten. No material given for the bonnet.

Various velvet bonnets


Another carrick from woollen cloth and velvet bonnet.

Merino redingote and velvet bonnet.

Redingote in Levantine (wool fabric), bonnet made from silk plush.

Carrick from woollen cloth, plush bonnet.

English walking dress.

Plush and velvet bonnets.


Merino gown, velvet hat,

Satin bonnet trimmed in velvet, merino gown trimmed with velvet and Brandenburg braid.

Coat of velvet (Witzchou), velvet bonnet with a muslin cap under it.

An English walking dress for November.


Merino redingote, velvet bonnet lined in satin.

Merino redingote trimmed with squirrel fur, velvet bonnet, according to the text trimmed with gold, though that can't be seen in the image.

Merino gown, trimmed with squirrel fur, velvet bonnet trimmed with swansdown.

fredag 1 december 2017

Winter bonnets and hats 1800-1809

So, I have made  redingote from berry red wool with a white pinstripe, and with cuffs and collar from a beige-white velvet. It needs closures, btu sicne I have sprained my ankle I can't go downtown to the haberdasher's. While hoping for a recovery I am thus planning a bonnet or hat to wear with it. So I've been going through period fashion plates for inspiration.

And to help myself bring some order in this I thought that it would be good to make a blog post with winter bonnets and hats.

Polish hat


Velvet bonnet


Velvet hat

Another velvet hat

And another one


Velvet is the thing for winter. Three woollen cloth redingotes with velvet bonnets/hats.

Redingote of "Florence", a type of wool fabirc, and a velvet bonnet worn over a cap trimmed with tulle.


Velvet pelisse and hat, decorated with swansdown.

Velvet bonnet with swansdown.

Wool redingote trimmed with velvet and hat from velvet and satin.

Wool redingote and velvet hat.

Another one of those.


Redingote of woollen cloth and a hat from velvet with satin trimmings.

Another velvet hat

Polish redingote and velvet hat.


The material for the gown and hat is not given, but they're both decorated with silk plush.

Decorated with squirrel fur.

Velvet hat decorated with plush.