It’s a chilly morning here in NC, but warmer weather, spring & Easter will be here before long, which brought to mind bonnets and memories of Easter finery along with hats and bonnets.
Growing up in Michigan and Canada, we always had new church clothes for Easter, complete with purse, hat and white gloves. Never mind that we were usually wearing these with our winter coats and frequently snow! LOL!
This month our SAGA guild had a program on bonnets, so I pulled out the bonnets I had at home and brought them to the meeting. However, I thought I’d share them here for inspiration for the broader readership.
This is one of my favorite Easter outfits made in the recent past. This was a class taken from Debbie Glenn and the ensemble is made from handkerchief linen – beautiful in every way. The bonnet is just delightful – down to the details inside the bonnet that frames the sweet face!
I wish I had a better picture of this bonnet – it was made to go with the Christening gown for a pretty 2-year-old girl. I was commissioned to make this outfit and loved the way it turned out. The smocking design is from Peanut Butter and Jelly Kids “Lauren Marie”.
This is another favorite ensemble from the past. I recently posted on the updated pattern/class for the dress. The bonnet is just as sweet as can be and was based on a vintage pattern design, as was the dress. I love the star-shaped smocking at the back of the bonnet. This outfit is made of fine line piqué.
Even more adorable “on”. Wow – have the years flown by!!!
Probably one of my most favorite bonnet patterns was the one that I made for our youngest daughter’s Christening gown and then I made the same bonnet for the granddaughter’s. The pattern is from Susan York’s “Sarah’s Sweet Baby Things”, which is now out of print. If you ever locate one, snatch it up – it’s the most beautiful gown and bonnet!
The bonnet is made from Swiss batiste and the bonnet brim is 2 layers of cotton organdy. Love this!
Some of my other sweet baby bonnets are the simple rectangle made with laces and a casing in the back. This bonnet pattern is available from Sara Norris.
Could this be any cuter??? This is being worn with one of my dresses featured in Sew Beautiful.
Worn by our oldest granddaughter as well. 🙂
One of the vintage styles that I love is the simple t-bonnet style. This one was made for our youngest daughter 23 years ago – ribbons, lace and entredeux. The granddaughter’s have worn it as well. 🙂 That makes me happy! The instructions for these are found in many of the French machine sewing books available.
Then there are the summer bonnets, made to protect the little one’s face from the sun. The pattern for this romper and bonnet is from Primrose Lane – the romper back is as cute as can be with ruffles on the butt. They are 2 different patterns, links for both included. Not the best picture, but you get the idea. The outfit is made of fine line piqué and trimmed in cotton gingham.
Of course, I couldn’t forget the adorable bonnets made last summer for the little girls to have at the beach. I have the vintage Children’s Corner pattern “Emily Ann” which includes the bonnet in 2 sizes. There are similar bonnet patterns available for this style bonnet. These are also made of fine line piqué.
I know I’ve made more bonnets than this, but hopefully this will inspire you to get started on your Easter sewing and bonnets!!! It comes early this year! Now, to find a bonnet to make……