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Costume Craftwork on a Budget by Tan Huaixiang

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Chapter 9 Straw and Horsehair Hats

MAKING A STRAW BONNET

The bonnet in this example was made used for Mary in the production Tom Sawyer (Figure 9-1).

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Figure 9-1 Costume Design for Mary in Tom Sawyer.

PROCEDURE FOR MAKING A BONNET

Materials Required:

  Straw wefts or a straw hat

  Pattern paper

  Sewing machine

  Scissors

  Container for water

  Needle and thread

  Fabric, lace trim, and ribbon

  Wig comb

Step One: Preparing Pattern and Straw Braids

  Make a pattern for both a straw brim (Figure 9-2c) and fabric cap.

  Undo the straw-hat braids (Figure 9-2a), and soak the braids in cold water for 30 minutes to straighten them (Figure ...

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