A client came to me from the Salem Historical Society and needed a replica of a bonnet. The one they were using was falling apart and needed it replicated without removing a stitch.
Once I received the bonnet, I set to work on a plan to recreate such a delicate piece of history.
The first step was to determine how many pieces there were to the bonnet and how they went together.
Next, was to begin preliminary measurements, then check and double check.
Next, create a pattern for each and every piece. Checking and double checking as I go.
Finally, cut the fabric and put the bonnet together. I do not have any final photos of the bonnet, as I returned it to the Historical Society before, I thought about it.
Once, she got it home I had made an error, it does happen, the side pieces were too far forward and blocked her vision, so she took part of it apart and “fixed” it.
This particular recreation was an amazing learning experience in my sewing career, it allowed me access to an original historic garment to see their process of garment construction. There were many hand stitches. If I were to make another as such, I would feel better using the original method of construction, even if it took a little longer, this way it would be more authentic.
If you have an item you would like recreated, I am available for a consultation, and would look forward to the opportunity.