Thursday, May 29, 2014

Bonnet-y bonnetness.

I'm not sure when it was, exactly, that I became obsessed got a bee in my bonnet to make Maggie a little sunbonnet for summer. This gorgeous white bonnet made by Sew Shelly Sew definitely played a part. And this one and this one on Flickr. I'm not sure what happened, but suddenly I became bonnet-obsessed.

MUST. MAKE. BONNETS.

Possibly, I read too many 19th century novels and watch too many beautiful costume dramas. Undoubtably, I have internalized a bunch of patriarchal ideas about baby girls in bonnets. But also, bonnets turn out to be a pretty practical form of sun protection in California. And they are freaking adorable.

Me: "BONNNNNNNETTTTTTTS."          

Now, the market for bonnet patterns appears to be pretty small. And frankly, one pattern stands out from the others. Made by Rae's Peekaboo Bonnet pattern.

Why does it stand out? Piping, duh. (If you know of other piped bonnet patterns, please link in the comments - chances are I will buy them and make more bonnets.)

Once I got the pattern, I decided to make a "practice" bonnet. To make sure the sizing was right and all that. (*Cough cough* I might have bought some Liberty lawn for my "real" bonnet.)

Made by Rae Peekaboo Bonnet


Thus was born this white linen bonnet. The white linen came from the weirdest dumpster dive score ever, and the piping, bias straps, and lining came from the stash.

So, I was actually shocked by how fast and easy this pattern was. Maybe I just got used to the slower pace of sewing fancy party dresses, but dang, this thing was done in a flash! So easy and fast. Since this was a trial bonnet and I didn't intend it to be reversible, I did not hand stitch the finishing. But even with that additional work, this is almost-instant gratification sewing!

Getting Maggie to actually wear the bonnet was a lot harder, however. As I've shared, she's currently going through a nudist phase. If you try to dress her, she starts trying to strip it all off almost immediately. It's a daily battle. And she's super anti-headwear or hats.

So what did I do? Well, naturally, I tried the hat on Joe, who very sweetly modeled it for me!

Bonnet sweetness


It turns out that Joe looks uncommonly good in a bonnet. Even with a smear of chocolate on his cheek.

Bonnet sweetness


But of course, sibling rivalry being what it is, the second Maggie saw Joe wearing the bonnet, she had to try it on as well. Success! Muahahaha.

Bonnet sweetness


There was a little bit of resistance at first.

Bonnet sweetness


But pretty soon she got used to it and forgot about it and returned to her usual goofy, screaming ways.

Bonnet sweetness


Bonnet sweetness


Bonnet sweetness


Maggie is a incorrigible nudist, however, so, as you might imagine, the photo shoot quickly deteriorated.

Bonnet sweetness


She may have forgotten about the bonnet, but she didn't forget about all of the rest of her clothes.

Bonnet sweetness


 And diaper.


Bonnet sweetness

 But if you can find a cuter bonnet-wearer than this, I would eat my ... bonnet!

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    1. Thank you Masha! It was so fun and fast. These things are like potato chips - not sure I can do just one!

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  2. Its an awesome bonnet and Joe, Hugo is proud of you mate!

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    1. Hehehe!! Joe actually seems to enjoy playing dress up with the bonnet quite a bit more than Maggie! He says he's pretending to be a baby (barf, gag, etc.). Haha.

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  3. Oh my! So so cute! I love the green piping too! I thought about using a different color piping, but I was too afraid! Now I might have to make another ;-). Your daughter is too cute for words!

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    1. Thank you Shelly! I actually seriously considered white piping for this, but then I had just the right amount of the aqua and that matching bias binding, so I went with that instead. I really love your all-white version, but hey, the girl needs LOTS of bonnets, right? :-)

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  4. Oh so sweet, the bonnet, chocolate, and nudity! :) I do not have any other bonnet pattern suggestions as i've only ever used Rae's, but it's such a good one! :) Sadly, although, she did don her bonnet last year a few times, i'm afraid that Violet might be a bit too old for bonnets now? Hmmm...maybe i'll see if she wants to wear hers again ;)

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    1. The bonnet does go up to higher sizes than you'd think ... And Violet strikes me as a girl who might enjoy reading Little House on the Prairie and then having her own bonnet, possibly in blue and green. Or green and yellow. Just sayin'.

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  5. Well that is definitely cute, Inder! Undoubtedly so! My kids won't keep hats on, except Jude did, I guess - but the girls, not so much as wee ones. I would have loved to have one of my girls in a bonnet. Maybe this time will be different? Regardless yours is darling.

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  6. I was secretly hoping for nude-except-for-bonnet photos :D

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  7. I love that bonnet! The colors and the piping are perfect. So very sweet. I need to find someone to put a bonnet on now. If we'd had a girl baby this pattern was top on my list. I guess I'll make a bucket hat for him instead.

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  8. Love the bonnet! It's so cute.

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