I have tried looking for everything I can about the structure of these hats and have not really found anything new in a decade. In fact an amazing source for other garments has turned out to have nothing about hats. veils yes. So I may have to pore more deeply through that to see if there were one or two paragraphs I skimmed.
So I have gone back to what I know works and used as modern equivalent of card (buckram that is more glue than cotton but it is waterproof when not heated, so happy! I thought it was vinyl when I first got it it is that strong. A layer of felt, a layer of thin hair canvas.
The layers were basted together and then each part pressed. Then the top edged overhanded loosely. I will need to press this over a form, I suspect that is how the originals were handled. But right now my form is very squishy. To the padding!
I also have new brocade for the gold cap :)And there may be pearls to go with it 🙂 Experience with wearing mine has changed how I want it to fit so there will be a bit of patterning to go with that. There should be enough left over for the distinctive bust decoration 🙂
And finally I’m rebuilding The Frazzled Frau specifically for the Nordrein. I will go further across to Westfalische cities seeing as I have recreated a few gowns from there so have a few leads on novel information. It will be a lot more formalised so it’s taking awhile to rebuild. It needs to be searchable and that means tags, so many tags and categories!