The “stove pipe” bonnet was extremely popular throughout the Regency Era. Numerous fashion plates include variations of this tall crown, wide poke-style brim bonnet. Visit my Pinterest site for extant examples as well as hundreds of fashion plates: www.pinterest.com/sharonlathan62
For this stovepipe I chose a fabulous corduroy in deep purple. Corduroy was previous to the 18th century known as “fustian” and more commonly used for gown and men’s suits, especially for the working class due to its durability. In this case, I have covered the entire outside and the inside of the crown with the corduroy. The only other fabric a lighter purple cotton with a shimmering lavender scrolled design covering the inner brim and used for the chin ties.
The base construction of the hat is heavy stabilizer enforced with millinery wire and padded with cotton mull. The entire hat is machine and hand-sewn. Heavy-duty hot glue was used only to attach the ivory, velvet flower petals to the back.
The trim is lavender tulle edging the brim and surrounding the crown emerging from a 2” wide ribbon with a plums and vines pattern.
The brim encircles the entire hat, the widest front measuring 4”. The crown is 4.5” high. The crown circumference measures 21” and is slightly flexible.