With gilded lips, golden soulful eyes, and her cheeks rouged blue – Zizi Bleu models a miniature toile for the inner structure of The Elusive Bicorne – or, in this case – The Elusive Chapeau de Bras.
A kind Blue Bonnet and her son, schooled in the construction of chapeaus de bras, helpfully directed my attention to the Robert J. Moore, Jr. and Michael Haynes book – Lewis and Clark: Tailor Made, Trail Worn – Army Life, Clothing, and Weapons of the Corps of Discovery. I saw therein a chapeau de bras, unfolded and freed to reveal the inner hat (which rests within its taco-shell-like facade).
Yet to be discovered – whether the inner cap should be cut separately, or if it is possible to cut the hat as two large pieces: front and half-cap, back and half-cap. According to Tailor Made, Trail Worn – the actual parts are: crown (cap or fez), cock (front), and fan (back)… with the back “fan” crescent cut slightly taller than the front crescent.
Chapeau de Bras Interesting Fact – examining Chapeau Bras (generally from militia officers) within museum collections, average dimensions are these: 15.5-inches to 23-inches wide – lower tip to tip – and 7.5-inches to 13.5-inches from hatband to fan-peak. (pp.168,169)
See more Zizi Bleu moments in posts at the blogs Toile La La and Art Fashion Creation. See here a recent Art Fashion Creation post – and hat – inspired by Diana Vreeland’s eye for something-never-seen-before.