Something doesn't seem right about this picture. The point I'm making is that, in modern day thinking, we don't know what is appropriate to go with what. It's not anyone's fault, we just didn't live back then, so portraying life in the 19th century is sometimes hard. If anyone from the past studied clothing in the 21st century, they would probably make the same mistakes; high heels with yoga pants, and tennis shoes to a formal dinner.
Lovingly referred to as 'mailboxes', we have a hard time actually using them. They are very comfortable to wear, especially in 90+ degrees, and with a little more use we might get used to the closed-in feel, but for me I am always self-conscious about the way I look in it. Even though, from pictures, I actually don't mind the way it looks.
I was determined to use this fabric, so I had to piece that tiny piece at the bottom that refuses to lay flat. Below is what it looks like, without being tied...
Hard to believe it's even a bonnet, right?
What the item is (and what practical things you can do in it): Slat bonnet, used to protect your skin from the sun during hard work, when carrying a parasol isn't practical.
The Challenge: Practicality
Fabric: 1 yard leftover homespun cotton, plus 1/4 yard of leftover muslin for lining and ties
Pattern: Instructions here: http://www.thesewingacademy.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/2010Slats.pdf
Year: Mid 19th century
Notions: Thread, white cardstock for the slats
How historically accurate is it? I would guess around 75%. I know the style is accurate, but I'm not sure what the majority of the slats would have been made out of.
Hours to complete: 4.5
First worn: For pictures, modeled by my darling sister assistant.
Total cost: $0, all from stash.