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PostSubject: 18th Century Mop Caps   Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:12 am

After four tries I finally managed to create a mop cap that actually fit me properly as it should.

The first one I made the frill far too large.  The second one I made the frill the correct size but the actual cap was too large for my head. 

On yet another try I made the white mop cap with the bias binding border, shown below, that turned out wearable but the actual cap was still too large to fit my small head.  My head being smaller than average.



The final one being the pink one, shown below, turned out perfect.



My friend Margaret loves them and has now ask me to make one for her.

That's not to say that either of us would be brave enough, or is it, daft enough, to wear it outside in the gardens.  However they are fun to wear indoors along with keeping one warm during these cold days.

I used 21" diameter x 2 circles of material sewn together leaving a 3" gap to turn the right way out and then ironed it out neatly. (for a normal woman's size head the circles would need to be 22")

Measuring in 2" for the brim I sewed around the circle again leaving an inch or so gap to add elastic.

3/4" from that sewing line I sewed yet another circle but this time all the way around.

Threaded elastic through the 3/4" channel then hand sewed the gaps closed in the two sewing lines.

Each cap needs a length of material 24 x 48 and any ribbon or bias binding one might want to use.

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PostSubject: Re: 18th Century Mop Caps   Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:18 am

Can you tell me if you see these photos sideways as on my laptop they are the right way up, but on my ipad they are sideways.

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PostSubject: Re: 18th Century Mop Caps   Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:56 am

They're the right way up Sandy. Anything my daughter sends me from her ipad or iphone is always sideways though.

Congratulations on finally cracking the challenge. I think we should have photos of you and Margaret wandering down the main street in them though. lol
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PostSubject: Re: 18th Century Mop Caps   Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:32 pm

Are you hoping to visit me in the mental home they put us in then Wendy, lol.

I did open my door twice today with it still on my head.  I didn't whip it off before hand as I have been doing.  Once was to take in a parcel and I got a wierd look from the chap, and the other was to let Charlie in for his cuppa.  He of course had something to say about it and a chuckle.

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PostSubject: Re: 18th Century Mop Caps   Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:01 pm

Congrats !!!!    on the fine job you managed to do Sandy.... but yes, don't go outside ... lol lol ,  jocolor , Those look like night caps ,???  
You have patients for stuff like this ..... and ... every hat I buy is to big for me too, so we have something in common  . dance
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PostSubject: Re: 18th Century Mop Caps   Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:43 pm

Thanks for the congrats Geru.

They did wear them as night caps as well as day caps so you aren't wrong.

I have actually started wearing the white and blue one in bed.  I have to put my hair in a platt to go to bed with to keep it from all over my face during the night, but in the morning much of my hair has rubbed out of the platt and is a fuzzy, knotty mess.

I'm find the "night cap" is keep my hair in place in a platt and no frizzy sides in the morning.

It took only one night to get used to wearing it.

I've always loved having something on my head, in fact it's been a joke in the family for many years, that if I spot a hat anywhere it goes directly on my head.  My girls are always dragging me away from the hats when we are in the stores shopping.

Now I've had a play at this simple mop cap I want to get a bit more serious and try making something that I could wear out for every day wear.

I think once one gets to be an oldie wearing a hat doesn't look unusual.  I"m also at the age now where I don't care what people think.

I finished making the one for Margaret.  She wanted a blue one.  She loves it and intends to wear it constantly.  Well, indoors that is, lol.  I left her after our usual tea and chat with it still stuck on her head.

On a little side note.  A white mop cap was often worn under their bonnets in the 18th century.

This is a mop cap under a bonnet.


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PostSubject: Re: 18th Century Mop Caps   Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:29 pm

It's like stepping back into the history books lol.

I could never wear one of those with all the frills. I'm more a beany type a girl Smile
Sleeping with it on would annoy me greatly I think.

Never the less; you did a great job with those Sandy! Very crafty you are.

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PostSubject: Re: 18th Century Mop Caps   Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:42 am

Thanks Martha.  It's it's such fun to figure out how to do them with today's fabrics and such, and also to do them without paying out by getting the material through 2nd hand sheets and duvets etc.

It's keeping me occupied through this winter and has helped tremendously to get me out of my previous depression.

Frills have never been my thing either.  I'm much more of a simple, plain person, but one must follow fashion you know, and matrons should never have their head uncovered, rofl.

I can't wait to start on my summer bonnet, which I really will wear out in the summer.

I have an order to make Margaret a skirt for her to wear to her Christmas day dinner and an order from Aimee for a Christmas apron for her to wear to work on Christmas day.

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PostSubject: Re: 18th Century Mop Caps   Today at 12:36 am

I've just run up one whit pale lemon on the outside with a white inside.  It doesn't feel as comfortable as the pinky one as it's a bit stiffer, being a better material, but I prefer the look of it to the others.


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PostSubject: Re: 18th Century Mop Caps   Today at 7:37 am

It does look good.
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