Friday, May 22, 2015


18th Century BigAss Caps final push for Williamsburg!

With The Creature wrapping up (and boy does that feel good!), I have just enough time and plenty of organza left to make a BigAss Cap.

And I want it to be biiiiiiiiig. Fluffy. Ridiculous. I want it to eat my head.

So here's my inspiration:

Two Nerdy History Girls - Abby, Milliner's Apprentice at Williamsburg, wearing a big fluffy gauze (organza) cap
Lady Wearing a Large White Cap, c. 1780 - National Gallery of Art
Francis Alleyne, 1780 -85

French School, 1772-85 - Bowes Museum
The back of Samantha's cap - The Couture Courtesan
1777 French Fashion Plate, noting the cap design in the upper right - via
I don't have a pattern, but there are some resources online here:
Luckily caps aren't so very hard to figure out. I have this diagram from Art, Beauty, and Well-Ordered Chaos to go from, and tweak for proportion:

Click through for instruction
I best get on with it!


  1. Hooray for big fluffy caps! There aren't nearly enough caps out there, there definitely need to be more. ^^ I can't wait to see what you make!

    1. Well here's hoping this one works out! I don't really know what I'm doing, but whatever happens it's going to be big...really big!

  2. Big honkin' caps are so ridiculous and fun. I love how in the third pic her cap is really trying to eat her head but her hair is so massive it can't!

    1. Hahaha, lol, that's the idea! BIG. BIGGER!!!

  3. I love big caps...I made myself a mrs miggings supersize one only problem is I need more haor to help it stick up and out better.

  4. I'd love to make one of these! Thank you for including the pattern!