After the dress, this piece was my favourite one to make for the ensemble. Hats and headwear are just so much fun to do!
I’m also entering this one for the Historical Sew Fortnightly Challenge #25: One Metre
Here are the specs:
The Challenge: #25: One Metre – use only 1 metre of fabric or less, and preferably not tons of trimming
Fabric: less than 1 metre of pale blue silk dupioni (or shantung – it’s very smooth)
Pattern: None, but I used information from The Oregon Regency Society
Year: c. 1813
Notions: approx. 1m of trim, 1 feather, 1 tassel, 1 button, 1 piece of found-object jewellery, fabric scraps
How historically accurate is it? the foundation of the hat is machine sewn, but the rest is draped and hand-sewn; this conforms not badly with styles and materials from the time, so I’m giving it 70%
Hours to complete: approx. 5hrs (give or take)
First worn: November 30th to the local Regency Ball
Total cost: All made from scraps and stash items, so $0
Being historical-hair-impaired I am grateful that turbans were such a big thing for Regency formalwear, and so many of them are such fun! Since I was already playing rather fast and loose with the date of my Ballgown, I wasn’t particular about the specific date for my turban, choosing inspiration according to what took my fancy instead.
Here are some examples I felt particularly drawn to
While I didn’t use a pattern for this I did consult a very simple and easy tutorial provided by the Oregon Regency Society which described 3 different regency turban possibilities. I went with this style (and did pretty much exactly as is shown in the diagram)
combined with this idea
And this is what I got
The fabrics are scraps directly from the making of my gown, the ivory and gold ribbon trim is some of the leftover from that which I used to trim the gown.
Apart from the ensemble as a whole, this part of it probably got the most attention. It took far less time to make than the gown, but everyone just loves the headwear! lol I do love it too, and it was lots of fun to make!