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Create a “Marianne” Style Bonnet

As many will attest, one of the delights of watching a Jane Austen film is the glory of the costuming. Jenny Beavan’s designs for the 1995 Emma Thompson version of Sense and Sensibility were no exception. Beavan, always noted for her impeccable historical designs, was rightfully nominated for both a BAFTA and an Oscar on this film. Marianne wears a delightfully poufed bonnet. Here you will find the instructions for my version of Marianne’s famous bonnet. This bonnet was designed for Materials: Needle, Thread, Scissors, pins 1 Round Brimmed straw hat (preferably with a downturned brim) 14×14” or 18×18” square of fabric (your choice for size of pouf) 18×2” strip of fabric 4×4” square of fabric 1 yard ribbon of your choice (I use ½” sheer with satin stripes) Instructions Fold the fabric in quarters and round off the edges. You will now have a circle of fabric. Run a gathering stitch around the edge of the circle and pull it as tight around the top of the crown (just below the line of holes) Tack or pin in place. Find the center of the piece of ribbon. Pin it in place over halfway over the raw edge of the gathered “pouf” in the center, front. Bring the ribbon around the bonnet on both sides, crossing it in the back. Now bring the ribbon to the front again. This time, cross them in the center, front, about an inch and a half away from the edge of the brim

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