I'm trying out the stiff fabric/netting and wire method of making a base frame here and so far I'm very happy about it - opens up so many possibilities! This bonnet is a belated Christmas present for my sis and it is from some 70% her design - I initially meant to make something rather simple like the last velvet bonnet (as this started as a commission that was eventually put on hold and simplicity was the customer's wish), so when my sis brought me her sketch of what she'd like, my knees wobbled a bit. The crown and the tip are going to be complicated... but it's gonna be an interesting challenge.
The journey of one bonnetThe first steps:
|Transferring the pattern - I made a mockup for the last bonnet using toilet paper, but as it was frail, I had to trace it onto something sturdier|
|The crown cut out and the binding sewn on|
|Mockup - but I actually like it this way and so does sis - so she asked me to make one for her like that for summer, haha:-)|
|The outer brim covered in black cotton velvet - in real life it's beautifully matte and intense black|
On another note: I wish you all just the best to the new year 2016 - and cliche as it is, health and luck most of all.