|Me, 3rd one from this end - side profile of bonnet|
Pictures of bonnet and the book I received inspiration from.
|My reference book|
|Love the Mary Stuart hood look|
|Since the back of the Mary Stuart bonnet can not be seen I opted for this loose back|
|Another dress I made that I liked the bonnet with. The bonnet is a later date than the dress. I have since made a bonnet to go with the time period of the dress -- but liked the colors|
Now for the Regency look. I did not like the bonnet I had to go with my Regency gown. I was bemoaning the fact to my daughter. I had the above bonnet out on the table. I liked the way it went with my down & dirty brown Spencer I had made using American Duchess tutorial but wrong, wrong, wrong time period. My daughter picked it up and plopped it down on my head like a muffin cap, tied the ties in back, tucked the tails up in the bonnet and voila a Regency bonnet.
|Vintage trim from the stash - outside brim|
|Inside brim - vintage trim fr stash|
|Cunnington's book - style reminds me on the one I repurposed :)|
The Regency Gown
The gown was made several years ago. I used several gowns as reference to get the V neck however I did get the neck a little wide so I fill it in with a kerchief. Although I've noticed on several fashion plates they seem to bare a little more than I am comfortable doing. I choose the V neck over the typical Regency rounded neck, puffed sleeve look. I feel I'm too old for puffed sleeves and wanted a neck a little more flattering to me.
|May be more a "scarf" type ruffle - but liked the look|
|This one a little earlier time period - but liked the V|
|#'s 10, 16, 19 all have V necks|
|This is a riding habit - said was embroidery, but liked the V neck look|
So now you see where the V neck came from, the rest of the dress I used left over scraps of material. Again I complied the sleeves and bottom from several fashion plates to get the Rengency look.
|Back of dress with another bonnet I made, which I love but sometimes it's too bulky to pack, especially on a cruise.|