If you like history or costuming – or the two combined, you know that a lady never ever leaves her house without something on her head.
Different eras calls for different headwear but it has always been present, and can easily make or break any historical outfit.
Since I’ve been sewing so much 18th century costumes lately, I needed to make myself a hat – preferebly one that could be used with several different outfits.
So today I give you the Bergère:
“A bergère (French for shepherdess) hat is a flat-brimmed straw hat with a shallow crown, usually trimmed with ribbon and flowers. It could be worn in various ways with the brim folded back or turned up or down at whim. It is also sometimes called a milkmaid hat. It was widely worn in the mid-18th Century.
It has been suggested that the hat was named after Madame Bergeret,who is certainly holding a shepherdess-style hat in a Boucher portrait painted c.1766″ (from Wikipedia).
And here are a few other versions of the hat.
Some pics of my hat in the making.
So far I’ve used this hat for three different dresses and re-trimmed it once.