I made a prairie bonnet for Cora today. She asked for one this summer to keep the sun out of her eyes.
I love watching period piece films. Cora watches them with me sometimes, occasionally asking me to make her something that one of the little girls is wearing. My poor kid has no idea what year it is in the fashion world. I know she'll figure it out soon enough, but for now, I am going to enjoy how cute she looks in this!
She also asked me for a petticoat and bloomers for her birthday. I can't wait to see it all together!
I had no idea how to make a prairie bonnet, so I just measured her head and drew a pattern that I thought would work. I made this from a recycled bed sheet. It's a bit snug around her head ear to ear, so I'll have to increase it a bit there. Otherwise it turned out ok. I made it long enough to cover her neck in the back, to protect it from the sun. I may change the brim a little bit too, so it covers the sides of her face better (didn't want to block her peripheral vision completely! =) . My niece wants one now too, so I'll see how the changes go on the next one.
Cora's bonnet already saved her from a branch lashing in the face though! She was pulling crab apples off of the tree as I was taking her picture. The tree fought back! I happened to click the photo right then for an action shot. Straight hit to the bonnet! Better than the face right?!?! So, needless to say she's already fond of it!