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TSA-552 Slat Bonnet Sewing Pattern /19th Century cloth bonnet

TSA-552 Slat Bonnet Sewing Pattern /19th Century cloth bonnet

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TSA-552 Slat Bonnet pattern is for a moderate slat bonnet, one that reasonably covers the face from cheek to cheek and has a curtain that extends just to the shoulder. It does not have the pronounced blinder effect that some of the more severe slat bonnets do. Ties at the back are used to shape this bonnet. When the ties are undone this bonnet lays completely flat for ironing and storage. As this is the simplest of all the cloth bonnets to make, it is a good pattern for a beginning sewer. Instructions include ideas for fabric and options for the different trims that are shown around the edge of the brims.

 This bonnet is named after the “slats” used to stiffen the brim. Originally these slats were made from hickory or cedar. The Slat Bonnet was often worn by those who were working in the fields or around the homestead. The deep brim and long bavolet (curtain at the back) protected the face and neck from the harsh elements. This style bonnet was very seldom worn “for good”. If you are looking for a “good” cloth bonnet try Timeless Stitches patterns TSA-551 Poke Bonnet or TSA-553 Shaped Cloth Bonnets 

Pattern Requirements:
3/4 yd of 45” wide fabric for body of the bonnet and brim facing
Brim edge requires 40” of rick rack or 2 yds of flat lace (optional)
Stiffening: thin wood slats such as balsa, plastic canvas or poster style cardboard

 This listing is for a new, hard copy pattern and not a finished garment.


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