From the Regency Era of Jane Austen, this style of hat was also known as a “capote” or “jockey cap” and differed from the typical bonnet in that it did not have long ties to secure. This adorable style of hat is seen in many fashion plates of the period. Visit my Pinterest for numerous boards containing fashion plates and extant examples to see what I mean: www.pinterest.com/sharonlathan62
My inspiration for this capote was an 1809 fashion plate. The copper satin fabric perfectly matched the gorgeous ornate, glittery striped remnant I snagged from Joann’s Fabrics so I had to use them together. Remnant pieces are excellent for these bonnets!
The hat frame (brim and crown support) is constructed of heavy buckram, the brim edge enforced with millinery wire and then covered with cotton mull. The back half of the crown is gathered at the nape (as opposed to the top of the crown) and adorned with looped ribbons made from the striped fabric. The front half of the crown is covered and adorned with a massive bow using the same striped fabric. The finishing touch is a decorative brass button center.
The inside of the brim and crown are lined with thick, cream-colored fabric.
The crown fits a 21″ to 22″ circumference adult size head with minimal give due to the buckram crown support. Sewn to the inside front is a small hair comb to secure into place.