The Regency Turban by Victoria Vane

The Regency Turban by Victoria Vane

Hi Everyone!
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!

  1. 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.
  2. Sew the ends of the band into a circle and fold in half so the band is now two layers
  3. Cut a 20"  circle from 2 layers of fabric.
  4. Sew the two layers together and then gather the outer edge by hand or by machine until it fits the hat band.
  5. pin the gathered fabric to the band (right side to right side)
  6. sew them together
  7. finish the raw edges on the inside
  8. 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

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VICTORIA VANE is an award-winning author of smart and sexy romance with works ranging from wild comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance. Her books have received more than twenty awards and nominations to include the 2014 RONE Award for Treacherous Temptations and Library Journal Best E-Book romance of 2012 for The Devil DeVere series. She lives the beautiful upstate of South Carolina with her husband, two sons, a little black dog, and an Arabian horse.

One Response

  1. you always have wonderful textile features! love the hats and for sharing the videos.

    denise