Free Patterns for Slat, Friends, Poke, Cottage, Regency Bonnets and Caps

I got lost at Google Books again.  Google Books has some wonderful offerings of antique books.  There's a book called The Workwoman's Guide which has some great diagrams for making clothing in 1840 toward the end of the book.  You can download a PDF of the book. The diagram above is from that book.  

There's a wealth of information on the web about making bonnets.  The problem is you have to wade through lots of spammy and harmful sites to find them.  I spent some time finding some resources for you. 

Buns and Baskets  has a site focused on "How to Dress Like a Pioneer."  She has some yummy tutorials and patterns:

If you are into Regency styles, there are some interesting video tutorials at the Oregon Regency Society's site for making bonnets.

Here is a video tutorial for making a Regency bonnet that has no words whatsoever.  Enjoy!

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  1. I looked at the download for the antique book. I need to get printer ink! I read a little in it. Lots of info! I noticed that the unit of measurement was in "nails". So interesting. Thanks for finding this!
    I enjoy reading your posts. Like an online antique doll magazine. Thanks for all the hard work.

  2. I know I enjoy reading these kinds of books, Sarah. :-) And that is exactly what I set out to do - to make a kind of online magazine on making antique inspired dolls. :-)


  3. I'm so excited! I've been on the look out for early hat patterns for quite some time!!!!! Thanks a million Dixie!!


    You will find units of measurement at this site. A "nail" was 2.25 inches.

  5. thank you for wonderful site, books tutorials, dolls.... for your sensible taste in choosing


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