HISTORICAL HATS 17th - 18th Century
QUICK "HOW TO TIPS" Cavaliers, Colonial
Period Headwear Chart

EGYPTIAN - ROMAN/GREEK Pg 1     11TH TO 16TH CENTURY  Page 2     17TH- 18TH CENTURY  Pg 3
19TH CENTURY Pg 4    20th CENTURY Pg 5

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EGYPTIAN HATS
Cleopatra, Egyptian Headdresses

ROMAN/GREEK
Roman Helmets

MEDIEVAL
Medieval crowns, circlets

RENAISSANCE
Renaissance Hats, Muffins, Straw sun hats

Choosing the correct hat style for the correct time frame is important. Hopefully you will find a hat style in the following chart. Simple how to instructions are listed under each picture.

17TH CENTURY/MUSKATEERS
Cap

Cut the front piece and line with stiff interfacing. Gather a fabric circle onto the front piece.
Cavalier/Musketeer

Build a hat frame from buckram. Wire the outside edge of brim, & the top of crown circle. Stitch entire frame together. Use the same pattern to cut fashion fabric. Tack and stitch by hand.
Late 17th Century Cavalier/Musketeer

This is the same hat as the
previous one. Lower your crown frame in the buckram. Follow previous instructions. Glue or stitch trim onto edge. Tack one
side of hat up. Add 15" plus
feathers for the finish.
French Fontage

Starch your lace. Fan pleat into and cut where needed for shape. Lightly wire starched lace. Repeat for second layer.
Stitch to headband. Or use heavy buckram to shape on head and add ribbon to tie.

EIGHTEENTH CENTURY/COLONIAL
 

Military Tricorn

This one is taller than a lot
of Tricorns. The real way to
make this hat would be from
a wool body. Those can be
purchased from a millinery
supply. Use a hat block or your own head. Steam wool body and shape crown to fit head. After shaping the crown, let set to dry. Continued next column.
Tricorn Hat

For the tall tricorn, the edge needs a millinery wire stitched on. The brim swoops up and is not tacked. That is why it needs to be stiffened on the edge. For the shorter version, as in the picture above, tack the top.  Add trim and marabou.
Ladies Tricorn

Made the same way as the first two except smaller. You can buy an inexpensive tricorn hat at a costume shop. They tend to have a  smaller brim. Add trim.
Straw Hat

Sometimes you can find a small straw hat in this shape. Or you can find the straw at a millinery supply. Dampen the straw to form the crown. Stitch the brim onto the crown. Finish with trim on the edge and flowers on the crown. I love these hats!
  Marie Antoinette Wig  
  Court Attire

This one had to be shown! No other time period in history was quite this unique. Buy a white colonial wig. Find a model of a tall ship and attach.
Bonnet

Cut a 20" circle of fabric for the crown. This will gather onto the brim. The brim appears to be about 8 inches at the narrow part to about 10" for the wider part. Cut two pieces plus interfacing. Stitch right sides together with the interfacing in between. Attach to gathered crown. Add front edge lace and ribbon to tie.
 

EGYPTIAN - ROMAN/GREEK Pg 1     11TH TO 16TH CENTURY  Page 2     17TH- 18TH CENTURY  Pg 3

 
19TH CENTURY Pg 4    20th CENTURY Pg 5

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17TH CENTURY

Seventeenth Century Hats, Cavalier Hats, Musketeer Hat

18TH CENTURY
Tricorn Hat

19TH CENTURY
1890's Hats, Victorian Hats, Top Hats

20TH CENTURY
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