Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Easter Bonnet

Easter memories of my childhood included coloring Easter eggs, baskets full of candy, hatching chicks and chocolate bunnies. The weeks leading up to Easter tho included shopping for all the Easter finery to wear to church on Easter Sunday! More important than the dress, tho, was getting a new bonnet for Easter and being so excited about wearing it. 
Yep! That's me in my smocked dress and a Easter bonnet!
This fond memory makes me wonder where and when did Easter bonnets originate?
An Easter bonnet represents the tail-end of a tradition of wearing new clothes at Easter in harmony with the renewal of the year and the promise of spiritual renewal and redemption. The Easter bonnet goes way back in time, even before Easter itself. The very first bonnets were usually made by a circle of leaves and flowers. It symbolized the cycle of the seasons and the coming of Spring. The Christian holiday of Easter celebrates new life and rebirth, which is why people would get new clothing.
At the end of the Civil War, came the "Sunday of Joy". This day allowed mothers and daughters to come out of mourning by wearing pastel colors and incorporating pretty spring flowers. The 1870's marked the beginning of the Easter Parade in New York, which allowed women to proudly show off their new Spring clothing and Easter bonnets.
Easter fashion traditions are still alive today, celebrated among the young and old alike. Easter bonnet often mark the beginning of many people's love for hats and still symbolize the new life in the coming of Spring, warm weather and religious celebrations.
Times have changed tho, and I don't see the traditional Easter bonnet worn like the old days anymore, however the tradition is still very popular for babies and young children. Spring tends to be the start of finding the perfect bonnet for little ones and is most worn from Spring thru the Summer months.
I recently drafted a new ePattern just in time for Easter sewing! My new Brer Rabbit's Button Bonnet is the perfect bonnet for infant and toddler boys and girls.
Perfect for anytime of year, my vintage-inspired Button Bonnets will be adorable for your little ones! Each bonnet is quick and easy to make with lots of options, such as 2 styles of brim for both bonnets. Girls style includes a scalloped or plain brim. 

The boys style includes a short or long visor. 
Detailed instructions & machine embroidery for shadow work bow and color work bunny included! Sized newborn to 3T!
You can order it HERE!
Another popular style bonnet is a Smocked Bonnet for both boys and girls! Click on photos to order ePattern.

If you don't know how to smock, you can learn by taking my Smocked Bonnet eClass - just click the photo above!

This Easter I hope your little one will celebrate the coming of a new season with a beautiful handmade Easter bonnet!

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