29 December, 2013

~Godey's sun bonnet circa 1857~

Good morning friends. Pictured above is a homespun bonnet in burgundy and cream plaid. The pattern is modeled from Godey's Lady's Book, which was a popular magazine from 1830 through 1878. This pattern was drafted by Emily of: How To Dress Like A Pioneer. The front, or as we would say today, the bill, is stabilized with: buckram. The inside back neck has an adjustable drawstring. Two sash ties under the chin securely hold the bonnet on one's head. Around the circumference is a fully gathered curtain to protect one's neck from the hot sun and wind. Although other styles are pretty, this style seems to be one of the most historically accurate. This bonnet is to be part of an upcoming swap. To see the back view, follow the link below my signature. Have you ever tried making bonnets?
Here is a back view of Godey's sun bonnet. That gathered curtain is functional plus quite pretty. The crown is also very full and gathered, allowing room for a lot of hair to be tucked inside. This would have been very useful during the pioneer days, as most women wore quite long hair and were outdoors often in all types of weather.


  1. Good morning Danice,love that gorgeous bonnet.Lots of great info too.Have a great day! Blessings,Jen

  2. I've never tried to make one but I love yours. Sure makes me think of the pioneer days when I was a kid. My Aunts and Great Aunts dressed up in pioneer type clothes with bonnets. Sweet hugs!

  3. You're a great bonnet maker. I make sleeping ones which are more snood like with much smaller brims. Keep up the good work! Hugs, LDR


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