Mother’s Hat

Straw Hat

I like this style of straw hat. Straw can be cool and comfortable in the summer. The pictures are from La Mode Illustreé: Journal De Le Famille 1863 on Google Books. I think Kitty would have the current fashion in summer hats for traveling and socializing. She might have reworked the embellishments on the hat herself while stuck at the hotel on a rainy day.


La Mode Illustreé, 11 Mai 1863, page 157


La Mode Illustreé, 6 Juillet 1863, page 210


La Mode Illustreé, 13 Juillet 1863

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Reed Bonnet

I’ve been wanting to try making a reed bonnet. I already have the reeds. Here is an antique gray silk civil war era bonnet for sale at They have more photos on their website. I like finding listings of antique hats for sale, as the antique dealer or vintage clothing specialist often has many detailed photos for reference.

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Slat Bonnets

The Slat Bonnet is named after the “slats” used to stiffen its’ brim.  Originally these slats were made from hickory or cedar. This 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”. Source for patterns: Timeless Stitches


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