12-14 April 2019

Jane Austen Festival Australia is an annual celebration in Canberra where Austen and Napoleonic fans from all over Australia come and indulge themselves in everything Regency - including dancing, music, food, games, archery, fencing, theatre, promenades, grand balls, talks, workshops, costumes and books. This festival is now a regular part of the ACT Heritage Festival, Australian Heritage Week and is supported by the ACT Government, the Australian Costumers Guild and the Earthly Delights Historic Dance Academy. Since its inception in 2008 this little festival has blossomed into one of the most delightful four days anyone could experience each April in an old and beautiful part of Canberra, the Federal capital of Australia.

January 12, 2012

Lynne Cook's Regency Bonnet Pattern

This bonnet is based on an early regency style that was popular from the late 1700's to the very early 1800's.  The bonnet has a velvet band over the head, with a heavy-satin pleated bag for the crown.  There is a pleated trim of the same satin at the front edge of the bonnet, and the neck curtain is the same material.  This bonnet can also be trimmed with ribbon or small flowers, or left plain like this one.

Materials lists:
  • 60cm heavy Satin (eg. "Duchess Satin" or "Bridal Satin" - NOT lingerie satin)
  • 20cm Velvet in a toning colour
  • 20cm lining fabric in a toning colour (matt, not shiny, is best)
  • 1.5m taffeta ribbon in a toning colour
  • Bias binding in a toning colour
  • 15cm Buckram
  • 2m millinery wire
  • 20cm Pellon(TM)
  • Matching thread
  • Decoration as required (small flowers, ribbon or braid).
Other items:
  • Sewing machine that can do zigzag (and if possible, a foot that you use to guide cording)
  • Pliers
  • Handsewing needles
  • Spray glue
This is a simple bonnet of the earlier regency period, and is generally all the one colour, so try and get a least toning/similar colours for all your fabrics.  The original would have been in silk and this is prefered if you can find it, but the sample I have made is completely in polyester (it's just a bit more work to get it do the same thing).  Taffeta ribbon is increasingly hard to find so if you have to buy (polyester) satin ribbon, try to get single sided, not 'double sided', so it's matt on one side - double satin ribbons simply won't stay tied.  If you can't find millinery wire (thread wrapped), florists wire (plastic coated) is acceptable, you just need wire that is covered. Bunnings have a thin white plastic coated wire in their electrical section.

The e-pattern and instructions for this bonnet can be purchased online through paypal for $5.00 AUD

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