Simple, loose crown bonnets of varying styles were common during the Regency. The array of fabrics, colors, and decor were truly endless. 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 adorable bonnet is made of a lightweight cotton in purple with a shimmering lavender scrolled design. The loose crown is gathered twice across the top and once around the base. A ruffled bavolet in the same fabric edges the rear neckline. The gathered seams and edges are trimmed with a combination of white ruffled ribbon and narrow glittery white and purple bric brac. Detailing the sides where the white ribbon ties emerge are two pressed paper flowers. Cute!
The brim has a firm base of heavy stabilizer edged with millinery wire and padded with cotton mull. In crown interior is lined with white satin.
The circumference of the inner crown measures 23” and is quite flexible. The brim is 3” at the widest front point.