Usually, when I work in the garden, I wear a large garden hat. It falls off sometimes, blows off in the wind, and doesn’t really cover the back of my neck. I’ve always wanted a sunbonnet and have been acquiring patterns for that future project. Yesterday I finally decided to go for it. There are some pretty sunbonnets pictured on the internet, though some places call them prairie bonnets. I found a few pictures I liked and altered a pattern I had to fit me. The out-of-print pattern is for a child, so I made it a little bigger. The pattern is Size Large, so I added 1 1/4″ at center back and to the center of the front brim piece.
The front brim needs interfacing, so I used Peltex Ultra-Firm Sew-In which is sometimes on sale at JoAnns when they have 50% off the notions wall. Such a firm interfacing is difficult to sew, so next time I’m going to cut the brim interfacing piece without seam allowances and slide the interfacing into place after I partially sew the brim. I topstitch the brim so the interfacing will be held in place.
Some of the old bonnets I looked at had a casing in the back with ties to adjust the width of the back. The pattern calls for elastic in the casing, but I went with the ties. I just put in a buttonhole in the center back of the bonnet back before I sewed the casing, then I put the ties in. Both the ties for the back and the front ties are sewn into the brim seam.
Next time I’m going to make the front ties a little longer and make the back neck drape longer. Otherwise, a success, and I’m going to use it for the first time today.
Note on my model: This funny papier mache head was a craft I did with my girls one day when they were little. You blow up a balloon and cover it with newspaper strips soaked in a flour/water paste. I think I remember taping the balloon to an empty toilet paper tube for the neck before the papier mache was applied. It’s really interesting and funny to see the way kids paint the faces.
I gave the batik blouse to my daughter when it was finished and forgot to get a picture of it. Maybe I can get her to give it back for a few minutes to be photographed some day.