Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Another Bonnet



I got this pattern from a neighbor who helped people in the ward make bonnets for trek a few years ago.  I like the shape, and the construction is fine, but when I tried it on, it's just kinda weird (you can see the brim is HUGE).

The pattern would be really easy to convert to PDF, but I don't know from where it originated, so I'd better not post it.

You would think the bonnet would be considered more authentic because it uses ties instead of elastic.  However, read Liz's comment on this post about the pattern.  She clears it up nicely :).

The back ties are more for looks because they don't really adjust anything.  I'm liking the fit/adjustability more and more of the authentic slat bonnet.


**** "likeabrokenumbrella" suggested this would be a good Acadian/Cajun style bonnet, so here's the pattern.  The scanner's being a bit dumb, so I couldn't scan to PDF, so hopefully you can enlarge the images enough to fit on a 8.5 x 11.




9 comments:

Amanda said...

just fold the brim back

Amanda said...

Also, there is no such thing as a season for sewing...it's year-round baby!

Liz C said...

Definitely a year-round hobby!

My biggest gripes about this pattern (I've seen it used a lot) are the lack of adjustability, the lack of a full-coverage curtain, the double-thickness curtain (MUCH warmer), and the shape--it's just not historically-appropriate for the 19the century window for "pioneers".

I've seen so many make it up (getting very frustrated at the piecing and processes), and then fold the brim back to the point of uselessness for sun protection, and burn up in the sun. Even with the brim extended, it doesn't give any protection to the sides of the neck, and the heavy back curtain makes it far more likely to be shoved off the top of the head, too.

It's a set of instructions that gets handed out by some Church sources, and to my knowledge doesn't have restrictions on sharing it... but it's such a poor version of something period, I'd say it's best not spread about. :) There are Big 4 patterns with a *much* higher degree of accuracy, as well as independent pattern lines with interesting sunbonnets, and also original patterns from the period that make up well.

likeabrokenumbrella said...

Oh, but could you share the pattern just with me, please?? I've been looking to recreate an old garde soleil, like the ones that my grandmother used to wear, and this is it! It may not be pioneer, but it is very Acadian/Cajun, and is just what I'm looking for!!!! Please? Pretty please?

Emily said...

OK, OK, I will have to find it :). Give me a couple days and check back.

likeabrokenumbrella said...

Thank you so much! I'll keep checking!

Emily said...

Sorry it took so long to get this up. I knew our scanner wasn't working right, so I kept procrastinating. It's still not quite right, so I hope this will work. I could always mail you a photocopy. I know the photocopy part of the scanner works!!

Emily said...

Seems to work if I click the image, then on the enlargement that pops up click "save image as," then I think it will print correctly.

likeabrokenumbrella said...

I finally got around to making this bonnet. It was absolutely perfect. If you're interested, you can see it here. . . http://likeabrokenumbrella.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/watch-out-for-that-sun/

It really does look like the garde soleils that I remember from my childhood. Thank you again, so much!

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