New Bonnet Project: The Vinnetou Bonnet

by - 4:52 AM

      I've come to call this bonnet The Vinnetou Bonnet in secret because I keep watching the Vinnetou and Old Shatterhand movies as I work on it (RIP Pierre Brice:-(  ) - but when my sister learnt that, she said it's very cool and so it's its official name now:-D
      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 bonnet

The 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 brim cut out and the binding pinned on
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
      I'm covering the inner side of the brim with ruched velvet at the moment, but it goes slowly because I'm busy and sick - still I hope to start on the crown soon. Pintucks. On velvet. Gulp.

      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.

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4 komentářů

  1. Hello Rosa,
    It is coming along beautifully! I hope you feel better soon.
    Big hug

    1. Thanks so much, Giac, you really make me happy with your comments:-) *hugs back*

  2. Pintucks on velvet do sound hard - best of luck to you! Your sister is very lucky to have such a lovely bonnet coming her way, it's looking wonderful so far!
    The black fabric is really nice, and it's a great idea to use that netting as a base. I may try it next time I make a bonnet. :)

    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Ellie! *hugs* Yeah, the netting is great - I used it in two layers and it holds the shape quite beautifully on its own, though it definitely needs the reinforcement of a wire or plastic boning. I'll be watching out for that, sounds intriguing! I wonder what your experience with this method will be!
      I think honestly it's high time I made something nice for her in return for all those beautiful things she's made for me over the years, haha:-)