I love this type of hat. It’s sort of the pimp-daddy of Elizabethan headwear, and I really think they should be more popular with rennies than they are.
This is a cute, easy little hat. If, for some reason, you only wanted to learn one kind of hat for your ‘bethan costuming, this would be it. The shape of the hat really responds to the fabric it’s made from – with a stiffer fabric, it has height and sophistication, and with a thinner fabric it’s totally flopsy and common.
This is a slightly untidy look that’s great for characters who are a little down on their luck, generally dishevelled, countrified, or who generally wish to convey that "aiming for fashion but missing" appeal.
This is a soft, unstructured little hat that shows up on and off throughout history (especially when “history” is being portrayed on a stage). It’s easy, it’s fast, and it can be done up entirely on a sewing machine.
This sort of little flat cap, with a proper (stiffened) brim shows up on and off throughout history. It’s easy to put together, and a smarter look than a Biggins for the ren-faire crowd.
This is a more tailored version of Ye Olde Floppy Gathered Hat. This is a great hat for merchants, or for French or Italien male characters, I think. I don’t like it as well for women. (That’s purely a personal bias.)
The Floppy Gathered Hat is a rather unstructured, lower-class looking hat. There’s nothing pretentious about it, especially when it’s made up in a soft fabric.
The Basic Brim Pattern is a quick and easy method to get you started drafting hat patterns that will actually fit the head they’re intended for. It’s not classical millinery – it’s more of my own little sneaky cheat. It’s the first step in many of the hat-making directions you’ll find here.
A simple little caul is an elegant touch for a fashionable lady of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth centuries. They can be crisp and serviceable, or sumptuously decorated.
This charming little headcovering is a northern version of the Simple Caul, seen in a number of flemish paintings. Like … More