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
This simple straw hat is another I found at a local consignment shop. 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 plain band with strips of pale beige satin and a cotton fabric with a yellowish-beige pattern. Following a style commonly seen on Regency Era straw hats, I adorned the front with one large fabric sunflower and a spray of vivid green foliage.
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.