This challenge, like the last, coincides with my reenactment group's Hogmanay celebration, the theme of which is "mad for plaid" and my mother has an 1830's gown made of plaid taffeta that she plans to wear. Mom wears her hair in a very short bob and while she can wear a cap and bonnet for daytime events, styling her hair for evening events is a little problematic. With this in mind, I decided to sew her a turban to match her dress.
I was inspired by these examples after reading Lynn McMasters' article and used her wonderful tutorial. Since the turban is sewn to a band, my mother will be able to slip it quickly and easily on to her head without having to wrap it.
The Challenge: Innovations
Fabric: Plaid taffeta
Pattern: Um, not really...
Notions: Thread, buckram, millinery wire and an ostrich feather
How historically accurate is it? Sewn by hand
Hours to complete: Half a week
First worn: will be worn on February 1st.
Total cost: $0