HSM Challenge 3 – Regency cap from stash

The Historical Sew Monthly 2015 Challenge for March is Stashbusting: Make something using only fabric, patterns, trims & notions that you already have in stash.

I’m still working on my blue satin spencer for February’s Challenge (Blue), but I have managed to finish something for Challenge 3.

The Challenge: Regency cap from stash

Regency cotton cap

Fabric: I’ve had this in the stash for years. It’s a fine cotton. It may be poly cotton but it feels more like pure cotton.

Pattern: No pattern used.

Year: c. 1800-130

Notions: White Gutermann cotton thread. White DMC Cebelia 20 thread for neck drawstring.

How historically accurate is it? It’s not copied from an extant cap as I didn’t have access to the internet and cap images when I cut it out. However, the fabric, shape and style are reasonable for a simple cap from the period. It’s 90% hand-stitched – the only machine sewing is the gathering on the ruffles, which I did using the ruffler foot on my 1925 Singer treadle sewing machine. The seams are all French seams.

Hours to complete: Maybe about 8? I stitched antidepressants while doing other things on the laptop.

First worn: For selfies for this blog post. Will be worn at the Jane Austen Festival in Canberra next month.

Total cost: Nothing – all from stash.

This is quite a plain cap, without lace or embroidery – mostly because I’m running out of time! I do have a little tatted lace I could add, but not enough for two rows.

Just a note about construction – to cut the frills and the main band, I drew threads out of the fabric so I could cut each piece on the straight grain. It takes a little time to do (particularly with my bad eyesight!) but is worth it on these fine fabrics as it gives a much straighter edge, and the frills sit better.

What would I do differently? The bottom frill is too long – I should have gathered the neck before adding the frill, not afterwards. I could take it off and redo it – but it might be quicker to make another cap!!




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