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Regency Poke Bonnet

Make, Cover, and Trim a Regency Era Bonnet with Buckram and Wire Foundation

Poke bonnets were extremely popular throughout the early 19th century, growing larger and more dramatic with every passing year until reaching peak size in the 1830s. My 1811 poke bonnet pattern was developed based on styles seen in French fashion plates from the early1810s, and is most appropriate for the years 1811-1815.

Bonnet pattern is one size; fitting a 22.5" - 23.5" head when printed at 100% scale.

To fit a 21.5" - 22.5" head, print pattern at 90% scale.

Pattern contains two brim options.
Brim 1 fits fairly closely at the back of the head.

Brim 2 is more flared at the back than Brim 1, standing further away from the neck.

Click the button below to download my FREE printable PDF sewing pattern, and make your own bonnet! PDF pattern is formatted to print on standard 8.5"x11" paper, and must be printed at 100% scale for accurate results.

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To make this bonnet you will need:


- Printer and paper

- Paper scissors
- Scotch/cello tape

- Masking tape

- Pencil or fabric pen

- Clear plastic ruler

- Measuring tape

- Fabric scissors

- Thread snips

- Wire cutters

- Hand sewing needle

- Straight pins

- Beeswax


- Millinery wire: 3 yards

- Buckram: 3/4 yard (you can double this if you want two layers of buckram for extra stability)

- Fashion fabric: 3/4 yard

- Mulling fabric (such as cotton flannel, domette, or other soft and slightly stretchy fabric): 1 yard
- Lining fabric for brim: 1/2 yard

- Lining fabric for head: 1/2 yard

- Petersham ribbon: 3/4 yard
- Ribbons and trimming as desired

- Thread to match fabrics and trims

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