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The Yorktown Bonnet Pattern

The Yorktown Bonnet Pattern

Digital download of the "Yorktown Bonnet" 18th century women's hat/bonnet pattern, appropriate for impressions dating 1760-1800. This pattern includes directions and tips for construction of one style of 18th century bonnet (often called a "market bonnet").


This pattern includes a "choose your own adventure" style of constructing your bonnet, with options given for linings, hand-stitching, machine-stitching, and caul style.  Additionally, we have included instructions for trimming your bonnet in a number of historically-appropriate ways.


This pattern is considered a "Confident Beginner” level of difficulty. It assumes basic knowledge of sewing techniques, such as knotting threads, finishing threads, reading a pattern, using a pdf pattern, marking and pinning. Making this bonnet will help familiarize you with historical stitches that are helpful in more advanced patterns, such as caps. 


This pattern is a collaboration between Goodwives Linens and PennyRiver Costumes.


As with all sewing and crafting, the quality of your materials and tools is important in your overall satisfaction and even the ease of your sewing experience. High-quality materials and tools are generally easier to work with, and do not “fight” the process. For historically appropriate materials and tools, please check out the Penny River Costumes Etsy store. Penny River stocks both paper patterns and materials kits.


This listing is for a digital pattern - NOT for a finished item. Image of finished item is given to provide an example of what YOU can make with this pattern.


This pattern and all original instructions, text, and images are the result of many hours of work and decades of experience. No portion of this work may be reproduced and/or distributed without written consent from Goodwives Linens, LLC. By purchasing this pattern, you are allowed to make bonnets for yourself and to give as gifts, but you may not make bonnets from this pattern for resale without written permission from Goodwives Linens, LLC. For enquiries regarding educational use, workshops, resale, wholesale, etc., please contact

  • File Information

    File is a .pdf, and contains 1 "read me first" page, 18 pages of illustrated instructions, and 9 pages of pattern pieces. Pages are formatted to print on US letter paper (8.5"x11"), but will also fit on A4 paper without loss of detail.

  • Permissions

    Purchase of this pattern conveys permission to make bonnets for personal use and/or gifts.

    Purchase of this pattern DOES NOT provide permission to sell bonnets made from this pattern. For information on licensing fees required to sell bonnets made from this pattern, contact GWL. Caps made from this pattern may ONLY be sold with express written permission from Goodwives Linens, LLC and Penny River Costumes, LLC.

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