Tie the decorative ribbon around the hat to add a festive flair and to hold the ostrich plume in place. (Figure to the right.) You can use other kinds of feathers, too. I like pheasant tail feathers as a substitute (The brightly colored wing feathers found at craft stores are not authentic to the period.) You can pin the feather in place, as long as the pin will not show ad will not stick into your scalp. I like to cut out a tiny notch from the root of the feather so the ribbon has something to grab onto.
Variations on the Theme
This pattern can be adapted for women's garb very easily. Women of the Renaissance period wore smaller versions of this hat, pinned with a hat pin to both a snood (or a scarf-like piece of cloth took the snood's place,) and the wearer's hair. There was one very important variation within this variation, though. The crown of this hat could also be made from a simple circle of cloth with the edge drawn in to make a bag, and fitted to the brim. This took the place of the two-piece crown I used in this project. Brocade, velvet, or tapestry are appropriate fabrics to make into this beautiful accessory.
See how easy that was? It is like building a model. There are some smaller parts that you have to glue together to make a sensible whole. In sewing, you make the parts, and the thread acts like the glue. It is so easy.
I hope you enjoyed making this Tudor flat cap from scratch as much as I enjoyed making this booklet to help you. Please write back, and tell me how things worked out. If you have any questions, e-mail me and I will be happy to help you further.
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