This linen indoor cap is very similar to the other one I made, but with the addition of a ruffle.
this 1792 William Cowper portrait, but my ruffle sits pretty flat against my head. I think I'd need a stiffer linen for that.
|This same detail appears in the extant cap belonging to William Cowper.|
The challenge: #3, Comfort at home
What the item is: A man's indoor cap
Year: Second half of 18th century
Notions: Silk thread, small piece of cotton cord, polyester satin ribbon
How historically accurate is it? Maybe 80 or 90%? I had very little reference material, but it's so simple I doubt it can be very far off. It's all hand sewn. The ribbon is definitely wrong, but I'll replace it when I get some better stuff.
Hours to complete: 5
First worn: March 31st, 2018
Total cost: No idea, I forget where this particular piece of linen came from. Very few dollars.
It's at a local tailor's shop and I have worked there for 5 weeks so far. We make a lot of military messkits and police tunics. My tasks consist mostly of cutting linings (and interfacing and cuffs and facings and epaulettes), sticking on interfacing, sewing darts and back seams, and basting things for first fittings.
Here are some photos:
|The table where I cut linings.|
|The shelf where the military buttons and whatnot are kept.|
Here's a lovely fish we made to decorate this bulletin board with:
|He's the scrap from in between 2 jacket side pieces.|
|She's in two halves, with magnets!|
|You press it on lightly with the iron, then feed it through the hot rollers!|
Never have I seen interfacing so thoroughly and evenly stuck!