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 from the era. 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 based on an 1808 Costume Parisian fashion plate. The gorgeous embroidery across the bodice of a dress I found at a local consignment shop was perfect for the brim front, and the two colors – a deep blue bordering on black and a rich red – provide a stunning contrast for the wedges on the crown front.
The hat frame is constructed with heavy buckram (both the full, narrow brim and the crown), is wired around the brim edge for support, covered in cotton mull, and machine sewn for durability. Fabric covers the outside and fully-lined interior, and was hand-sewn. The hat is trimmed with shimmering red braid and a ruffle of the same dark, blue fabric. At the nape, two silk pink and white flowers adorn with a black ribbon cascade. The trim was applied with heavy-duty hot glue.
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 on head. Brim front to brim back measures 12”.