I decided to re-do the cover for the benefit of some of the Civil War museum gift shops, so this new sample, worn by me, is from my own line of Civil War reproduction fabrics for Benartix--called The Americana Collection. The pattern comes with five sizes--Adult, Child, Infant, 18" Doll (could fit a premie), and a smaller doll, such as the doll panel I created for Benartex Fabrics.
Making this bonnet doesn't have any real difficult steps, but there are many steps, and it will take a day to complete this. Hopefully, this tutorial will enable you to fly through all the instructions and give you a bonnet that you will cherish--and wear in your own garden!
Begin by stitching the ruffle pieces together (only for the larger sizes). I use a flat-felled seam so it doesn't have raw edges on the underside. To make this seam, place the pieces of fabric wrong sides together, with the raw edge of the top fabric 1/4" away from the raw edge of the bottom fabric. Stitch 1/4" away from the top raw edge, as shown.
You will then fold the bottom raw edge over the top raw edge and press in place.
Press the seam flat and top-stitch close to the folded edge.
Next, you will press under a scant 1/4" along the long edge of the ruffle.
Set your machine for zig-zag....