A couple of months ago, I did a post on the history of hats and included some of my own millinery adventures that I hope you all enjoyed. In just a a few weeks, I will be attending the fabulous HISTORICAL ROMANCE RETREAT and have been crazy busy sewing historical gowns for myself and others. Since a few people asked me about hats to go with Regency gowns, I decided to explore this a bit further and found the variety of hats and various headdresses in the Regency to be quite astounding! (click image to view full size)
Since a few people asked me about hats to go with Regency gowns, I decided to explore this a bit further and found the variety of hats and various headdresses in the Regency to be quite astounding! (click images to view full size)
I was particularly surprised at the popularity of the turban as an accessory for evening.
Since I was in the process of making some Regency evening gowns, I decided to try to make a Regency turban. It was relatively easy and a lot of fun so I thought I would share what I learned.
The easiest way to make a Regency turban is by wrapping a pretty scarf around your head. Lauren from American Duchess did a great Youtube video on this:
I had a hard time with the scarf tying so after studying more fashion plates, I decided to try something slightly different.
Lastly, I found very simple instructions for a turban-like hat called a Capote. The diagram is very self-explanatory but here are basic instructions for anyone who would like to try it!
- Measure your head circumference and add about an inch as a seam allowance. Cut a hat band about 2" wide and the length of your head measurement from some sturdy fabric or use interfacing to support lighter fabric.
- Sew the ends of the band into a circle and fold in half so the band is now two layers
- Cut a 20" circle from 2 layers of fabric.
- Sew the two layers together and then gather the outer edge by hand or by machine until it fits the hat band.
- pin the gathered fabric to the band (right side to right side)
- sew them together
- finish the raw edges on the inside
- Decorate your hat!
Here is my finished Regency Capote!
I hope you enjoyed the post. If you decide to make one of these, please post pictures on my facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/author.v.vane