Monday, March 3, 2014

Correct Colonial Caps

Last year around this time I was frantically trying to finish up my outfits for Williamsburg. Being the {insane} person that I am, I made 3 jackets and 2 petticoats, on top of the essentials - stays, shift, cap, neckerchief.

Combined with the fact that I was out of time, and not knowing the correct technique for making a proper cap, I ended up whipping one up in an hour on the machine, using modern sewing technique. I knew I wanted to create correct ones later on, when I would have time to actually put some work into them!

It only took me a year to get around to doing that! :P

So I made two caps, using Kannik's Korner's pattern. One is a split ruffle, and the other an un-split ruffle.
 For those who don't know the correct technique (like me!), I'll explain it a little bit. First, all the edges of the pieces are finished with a hand-sewed rolled hem. The edge of the ruffle and the caul (the largest piece) are gathered with a whipped gathering stitch, and then they are sewed to the band with another whipping stitch. Finally, there's a casing on the bottom for a drawstring.
The top of the band is pieced, rather than sewn on the fold.
 
Don't ask me why they went to all that work back then. Seems like a lot more work than it's worth, in my opinion! :) Modern technique is so much easier. :)

That said, I think they do look rather nice. :) I love how lightweight they are, and "fluffy". :)
 Un-split, or....
 ... split ruffle.
Which one do you like better?
I'd really appreciate feedback, so I can decide which one to wear this weekend! :)

17 comments:

  1. I personally like the split ruffle one. And I think it looks better on you then the other one.

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  2. Nicely done! Very cute! :-)

    And I vote for the un-split. ;-)

    (does my vote count for multiple points?? ;-D)

    Miss you all! (way too much...)

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    1. Oh, definitely more points, Lily! :)

      Miss you too!!

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  3. Great job! I really like the un-split look on you :) Hope that helps!

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  4. These are so cute! Love both, but I like the split one best. :) Tara, you are amazing!

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  5. I think the unsplit ruffle cap looks best on you. You did a lovely job of hand sewing both of these caps.

    Brigid
    the Middle Sister and Singer

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  6. Oooo! Your ruffle caps are lovely! I think they both look wonderful on you!

    Blessings!
    Gina

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  7. The split cap frames your face a bit better, but they're both beautiful. Need to put on to do list. Sometimes a pinner just doesn't cut it.

    Morgan

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  8. I'd vote for the split ruffle.

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  9. Thank you all so much for the feedback! I guess I really could go with either one, since it's pretty much split evenly vote-wise between the two of them! :)

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  10. We like the split hat!

    Hannah and Esther

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  11. Since opinions are cut right down the middle... maybe we need to post pictures of them on me and find out which one I should wear first... ;-)

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    1. Haha, yep, maybe we should! :)

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  12. So... who wore which cap???

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    1. I wore the split cap, and Kathryn wore the un-split! :)

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