Watch any Jane Austen movie and one will see a plethora of straw hats, most minimally decorated or not decorated at all beyond the securing chin ties. We are familiar with the common shapes but based on the period fashion plates, straw hats came in a vast array of shapes. Visit my Pinterest for numerous boards containing fashion plates and extant examples from the period to see what I mean: www.pinterest.com/sharonlathan62
I found this simple straw hat at a local consignment store. The construction is very high quality, and the brim, band, and crown are stiff woven straw. The inner lining is perfectly sewn and there are no indications of the hat having ever been worn. There are no stains or marks of any kind.
I covered the interior lining with a heavy white cotton, edging with gathered lace for a pretty accent. On the outside, I hand sewed a wide ribbon of dark blue with small white polka-dots around the band, across the crown, and dangling from the sides as the chin ties. The final touches are a delicate embroidered white trim around the top edge of the band and a big white bow detailed with a narrow blue satin ribbon.
The hat measures 12” from front center brim to back center brim, and 10” side-to-side. The front brim is just under 2” deep and the crown is 4” high. The crown opening measures 23” circumference.