I just put finishing stitches on a new Regency hat!
Ever since I saw Lucy Steele's square-top hat in the 1996 Sense and Sensibility (that movie is bursting with the loveliest hats), I've been fascinated by the style. First (long before my costuming hobby) I thought that the hat looked silly, rather like an upside down flower pot, but it's grown on me over the years.
I found out that this square top business was a military thing, like many other fashion fads in the 18th and 19th century. Apparently, the Polish lancers' uniforms included a really rather strange-looking shako-type hat with a square top, here are some examples:
|Polish Lancer by Jean Babtiste Detaille, early 19th c. source: https://fi.pinterest.com/pin/394909461051643729/|
|Polish Lancer Trumpeter, source: https://fi.pinterest.com/pin/384494886913482791/|
|Charles Horace Vernet, 1813, source: https://fi.pinterest.com/pin/574490496188244573/|
The hat base is needlepoint canvas, double layers on the brim and square top, with wires sewn on the edges. The whole thing is covered with cerulean velvet, lined with cotton and taffeta and trimmed with assorted ribbons and feathers I had in stash. I'm fairly pleased with it :)
|These are all just headshots, I didn't have time to dress up in kit.|