Recreating 16th and 17th Century Clothing: The Renaissance Tailo
Demonstrations>Accessories:Western European>Flat Caps and Tall Hats Once upon a time, a really long time ago, I joined a historical re-enactment society. I constructed a huge number of really bad hats back then but I loved hats so I kept at it. Right then and there I made a two-fold vow. I'm proud to say that, to my knowledge, I've not broken the first part of that vow. Let's start with an easy one - Flat caps, in period, were called bonnets, which is a gender loaded word for us modern folk. Flat caps are easy. According to Arnold's pattern the brim consisted of doughnut shaped pieces (one each of lining, felt interlining, and tufted wool outer shell). Only fragments of the crown of this particular cap remained but Arnold assumes that they were simply larger circles. To make your own flat cap you will need to measure around your or the cap recipient's head for circumference. Diameter=Circumference divided by 3.14. And now for the more difficult one - So there you have it! Happy costuming!
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