I don’t have any sewing content to write about now, as I just got back from a trip, and all I have on the table is trimming a Regency bonnet I’ll be wearing this Saturday at the USS Midway Museum in San Diego for their 200th Anniversary Salute to the Star Spangled Banner. The museum invited our guild to come in red, white & blue 1814 attire for the celebration, and since I already had a white dress and a red pelisse, a bonnet was all that was needed. I commissioned an all-white bonnet from a friend and then trimmed it myself in royal blue ribbons, and will add a rosette and red feathers. My inspiration photos were these. I liked the white one that just perched on the head (most likely with a hat pin) without ties under the chin.
I used a 1 1/2 inch wide royal blue ribbon and laid strips down the sides over the top, and a separate strip will go around the base. I just poke pins in to hold it while I’m stitching it on. My stitches are just little ticks to hold down the edges as I want to be able to re-use the base later in other colors. I’m going to cover a large button today in the ribbon to go on the center top, and another on the rosette.
This is what I’ve done on it so far. I attempted a rosette to put on the brim last night and will have the feathers under it, but I’m still tweaking that.
I don’t wear Regency very often so I haven’t done much in the way of footwear. At some point I think I’d like to have a small pair of boots but in the meantime I do the fast and cheap version of white flats. Since I have foot problems, the limp little ballet flats don’t like me very much. But I found these flats that have a pretty sturdy sole at Payless Shoes by American Eagle. Yes, they’re eyelet and probably wouldn’t be period correct for Regency but they won’t show much and it will get me by. And because there isn’t much shoe to hold them on my feet when I’m walking, I use these little vinyl “belts” by Capezio. They just slide over the shoe and are soft vinyl with a bit of stretch. I think I bought mine from Amazon but I’m sure they can be bought at Capezio.
Please send Chloe your prayers for a quick recovery. I was told it could take up to 10 days for the medicines to work, so I have to be patient. It just breaks my heart to see this once lively Energizer Bunny cat turned into a limp noodle.