What the item is? A velvet riding hat modeled after Gainborough hats. The hat will accompany my 1787 Redingote for the July fashion plate challenge. This style hat would be worn to outdoor activities in the late 18th century.
The Challenge: The Great Outdoors
Fabric: Black cotton velveteen, Black buckram, Yellow silk dupioni.
Year: late 1780s
Notions: vintage ostrich feathers, wire, silk and cotton thread.
How historically accurate is it? 75%, it is all hand sewn and natural fibers, although dupioni is not an accurate weave of silk. The buckrum also has modern glue on it.
Hours to complete: Around 8.
First worn: For photos.
Total cost: Under $20.