How to Make a Victorian Hat

Want to dress like a Victorian lady for a party or re-enacting event? Making a Victorian hat can be a fun and simple project. The elaborately trimmed bonnets, hats, and toques worn during the Victorian era were not always purchased from a department store or catalog, but frequently made by women at home. Mail order catalogs offered wire frames or unadorned straw bonnets to embellish and trim; furthermore ladies’ fashion magazines often featured directions to design and decorate a Victorian hat at home. Featured here are instructions for how to make a Victorian hat.