MADE TO ORDER Reproduction 18th Century Ladies Cap in Cotton Voile (NO RUFFLES)


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Here is a simple cap in a classic style without ruffles. 100% handsewn in fine white cotton voile fabric with hand-rolled hems and roll whip gathered crown.

In the 18th century, women wore a range of cap styles, with variations reflecting locations and cultural influences. In Anglo-American society, they most commonly fell into two types: those with lappets and those of the ‘dormeuse’ style. The former were ubiquitous in various forms throughout the century, with the dormeuse becoming very popular in the last quarter or so, especially amongst the middle and upper classes.

My caps are 100% hand sewn using historically documented stitches and construction methods. Caps for everyday for all classes are made of linen, whilst ‘fancy caps’ for social wear by the upperclass may be made of a much finer fabric such as cotton voile, linen or silk gauze, and, depending on the period and place, may be highly decorated with ruffles, ribbons, bows, lace, etc.


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I am an independent practice-based (i.e. hands-on, not theoretical) researcher and maker. I live in West Sussex and offer my services worldwide. I also speak at historical dress conferences, museums, universities and to private groups, and organise sewing workshops teaching period construction. Please contact me if you have any questions about the items offered for sale here or if you would like to book me for a talk or workshop.

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