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Vintage Sewing: Simplicity 9136, Girls Pioneer Costume

This weekend the kid (my awesome step-daughter, who is in 6th grade now) told me that she has a school dance coming up, and they are allowed to dress from any era of their choice. So what’s her preference? Westward ho, America! She intends to wear a blue dress that her mom has, and asked if I would make a bonnet and apron to go along with it.


I knew I had a number of patterns in my stash that include bonnets, and at least one for an adult-sized head. After digging around my disorganized stash for a while, we found exactly what we needed!


I used the bonnet pattern from view 1 of Simplicity 9136, a costume pattern issued in the 70s. According to the vintage pattern wiki, this pattern was also issued in the 80s as Simplicity 9516. The bonnet could/should have been very straightforward, but I made a few modifications that added a bit of extra time. Note: I sewed the brim of the bonnet first, which just made sense to me— that way it was ready and I didn’t have to switch between crown/brim/…

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