I decided it was time to upgrade my girls' bonnets from my fakey-made-up pattern (the free one here) to something more authentic. Once I realized Liz Clark's slat bonnet pattern was multi-sized I thought I'd give it a go.
I started with the smallest size that said 0-1 and figured that would fit our baby. However, I found it really is for a little baby (infant), so it was too small for us (plus my kids really do have big heads!). But, I found a cute baby to try it on! The Tot size (1-3) would have worked better for my needs.
Next I made one for my 3 year old using the Girl 1 (3-7) size. She wouldn't try it on or let me take a picture.
Then, it was time to try out the Girl 2 (7-13) size for my 7 year old. Again, it turned out great, and she even let me take pictures.
For the curtain I used this awesome rolled hem stitch that I learned from Liz at her day cap class. It is now my favorite hand-stitching technique. Obviously, it works great when you need a small hem, but it works wonders on curves. Basically you work using a very small fold on the edge of the fabric stitching at the top of the fold then right below the fold (like a zig zag). When you get several stitches in a row, you pull your thread and your hem rolls up nice and tidy. I'm in love.
Somewhere between making bonnets, I got on Pinterest and found a bonnet that Sarah Jane at Romantic History had made that I wanted to try. It wasn't until later I saw she had a tutorial! That project will be my next post!! So excited!
One reason I wanted to try her bonnet was she gave a nice little primer on types of bonnets.
Corded bonnet (I've never made one):
- visually attractive
- very stiff when starched (but collapses in the rain, or wilts in humidity)
- needs quite a bit of cording to hold up
- holds up well in weather (since I used thick paper in mine, I'm not sure how well that would do in the rain; ahem, I guess all the reason to cheat and just use heavy interfacing)
- cannot be folded back to increase your view (this is what really inspired me to make a quilted bonnet. If my kids can see better out of their bonnets, they're more likely to keep them on.)
- stiff brim without starch
- can be folded back
- warmer than slat and corded bonnets