A three piece bonnet with a flared brim, the Flora Francine first appeared in the American fashion plates in 1854. The Flora Francine initially created a tiny circle around the wearer's face. As the decade progressed, the brim grew creating a larger circle or oval around the wearer's face. From the side, the bonnet appears "C" shaped.
Flora Francine is available with three different shapes for mid 1850's to early 1860's impressions. Flora Francine 1 (1854-1855) is a very tiny bonnet forming a small circular halo around the face. Flora Francine 2 is a horizontal oval for 1856-1857 impressions. Flora Francine 3 (1858-60) has a circle shaped brim. The pattern includes all three shapes with a 30 page instruction booklet complete with detailed illustrations.
The Flora Francine kit includes: buckram, netting, wire, blocked tip, binding, and connectors to create your form, stiff cotton netting to line the curtain, soft English cotton netting to create your cap, organdy to line the headpiece, a curved needle for putting it all together, and a box to store your bonnet.
The Flora Francine deluxe kit includes: a premade buckram and net form, stiff cotton netting to line the curtain, soft English cotton netting to create your cap, organdy to line the headpiece, a curved needle for putting it all together, and a box to store your bonnet.
The kit contains pattern and instructions, buckram, wire, net, binding, curved needles, organdy, and a box. The deluxe kit contains premade form, pattern and instructions, stiff netting (for curtain), curved needles, cotton organdy, and a box. Please be sure to make a style preference choice for a deluxe kit.
Forms have a net brim and buckram headpiece with blocked tip.