Recently I posted a pattern for the Horseshoe Cap from The Workwoman's Guide, 1840, along with a trial run. Well, I've finished my real version! I made it with lawn and hand stitched the entire thing, if you can believe it! It took around 5? hours? I think it's really cute. The weird thing is, she keeps it on?? I was able to use one of the new sewing techniques I learned from Liz Clark's day cap class and loved it.
On the ruffle on the back, I used a piece of fabric just the width of the cap as I knew I'd be drawing it in. I didn't want it ending up really bunchy back there. For the front ruffle, I used a strip twice as long as the front length and gathered it down. I noticed in period pictures from the Wisconsin Historical Society, that the neck tie looked like twill tape. I only had really wide twill tape, so I just made some ties with my lawn.
I'll have to remember to pull it just a little tighter around her head.