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Documented Historic Clothing Patterns
for the Living History, Museum and Theatrical Costumer
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New! Woman's Caps and Bonnets
This full scale pattern includes two day caps which are
based on originals, and four bonnet styles inspired by originals and
numerous contemporary illustrations. The patterns are on tissue paper and
include the embroidery for View A, as well as three border pattern options
for View B. There are four bonnet front shapes, made with pasteboard
stiffened brims, and the caul (soft back part) can be attached over or under
the front, pleated or gathered. These options alone provide 16 variations,
plus there are four sizes of cauls and directions for optional ties.
The twenty page booklet includes documentation, as well as extensive
instructions. Embroidery tips and some special techniques are included. Hand
sewing stitches and techniques are also included.
Basic embroidery stitches are not included.
Sizes: Cap A - 2 sizes; Cap B- 3 sizes;
Bonnets - sizes vary.
$16.00 US each
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Notions and Tools for above Bonnets
Ready-made pasteboard bonnet fronts
These are the prepared stiffener layer of the bonnets from our pattern. They are hand cut of single thickness pasteboard, with two coats of
shellac. They may need to be touched up, as described in the KK-6603 pattern
No directions are included with the pasteboard fronts. Order Pattern
KK-6603 above for pattern and directions.
These can ONLY SHIP WITHIN THE US!
They will ship flat, in a large package, so there must be a place where the
package can be delivered safely out of the weather and wind.
Pasteboard Front - KK-6603-PF
Curved Needle for Bonnet Making
and other sewing
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Curved needles make it much easier to sew in
the lining of the front brim on a pasteboard bonnet brim. These
needles are made in England.
From eye to point measures 1-5/8".
Sold two needles per pack.
Curved Needle/2 pack - CN-2
A full size pattern of this undermost garment, useful for Empire and Federal
style gowns, with a drawstring neckline to help adjust shift to gown neckline, and short
sleeves to go with the fashion of the period. Based on original cutting directions, with
construction techniques from several extant garments.
Includes sizes XS-S-M-L-XL-2X-3X.
$16.00 US each
and Girl's Caps
View A: Round Eared Cap has several
variations, including single or double ruffles, and ruffles that are
continuous and un-split at top center of the forehead, or that are split
at that point. There are also two sizes of caul (back piece) for the
woman's size, which can accommodate different head sizes and hairstyles,
and a Girl’s or Small Woman’s size. The caul neckline has a narrow
View B: Mob Cap is quite adjustable, and is given only in
the size of the original caps. The top of the headpiece (front piece)
has two delicate drawstrings, and the caul neckline has a narrow
drawstring. c. 1740-1820. Worn especially by older women during the
View C: Grand Coiffe is a sheer cotton muslin head
covering frequently worn over another cap, such as the round eared cap,
sometimes under a hat, and is also worn for un-dress (inside home)
without a cap. It can have a very narrow lace trim on the hems. The back
of the head has a delicate drawstring, which draws up the triangular cut
of the coiffe into a nicely fitting shape. c. 1730-1790.
Learn More about the Mob Cap,
$16.00 US each
Woman's Short Cloak
Second half of the 18th Century (1750-1800)
A comfortable, functional, working cloak.
Includes sizes S-M-L-XL-XXL.
Just right for cool days and chilly nights! Based on original eighteenth century cutting
directions, with construction techniques from several extant garments.
$14.00 US each
A full scale, multi-size, pattern for constructed stockings for men or women,
with instructions for custom fitting. Can be made of knitted cloth, or of linen cut on the
bias (good for 17th, 18th, early 19th century). Five pocket styles, including three
mid-18th century (English, Scotch, & Italian), and two second half 18th century from
America. Also includes a pattern for women's common linen mitts, cut on the bias (one
Includes stocking sizes S-M-L-XL-2X-3X
$14.00 US each