18th Century BigAss Caps

May 22, 2015 7 comments
...one 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!

  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!


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