Pilot Bonnet in Bird of Paradise Vintage Velvet
This is a VERY special hat. Made from an evergreen vintage velvet with bright orange birds of paradise sourced from a handmade vintage skirt. Colette found this gorgeous skirt in an antique shop and knew it had to have new life as hats. The velvet is cotton, and exquisite. It's absolutely beautiful, and when paired with a totally GOTS certified organically grown charcoal cotton sherpa, it's a hat to hand down through the generations. We have a VERY limited number of these hats available, dependent in part on what sizes are ordered. We have, exactly one skirt's worth of fabric! Love it, grab it while you can.
Our pilot-style, vintage-inspired bonnets feature a clean, snug fit in a gorgeous range of solids and patterns. From feminine florals to modern thread-dyed chambray, you're sure to find the perfect-- and completely classic-- baby hat that you're looking for.
Sizing: Our REVERSIBLE brimless pilot bonnets come in six sizes. Please measure for the best possible fit. If you have questions about sizing, please contact us. We can help. For a snug, vintage fit, please size DOWN (like our other hats, these run large)
Care: The cap itself is machine washable, but may shrink if you do. if you're concerned about shrinkage, please hand wash in cold water. Stretch, re-shape, and line dry or dry flat. remove the ears (carefully) before laundering.
About the design: These caps are based on a timeless style called the coif. Worn for hundreds of years, coifs are very comfortable, they keep unruly hair in order on windy days, and they are absolutely adorable... with a classic look for baby girls and a pilot cap feel for the fellas! More modern versions of the classic coif brought us the aviator hat and the bombardier cap.
Custom designs & fabrics are available.
Materials: Caps are made from cotton, linen, and cotton-linen blends, depending on the fabrics in the hat you choose.
*** Designed and handmade in Ohio, USA.
Choose your size.
* All of our hats are rated to provide UPF 50+ protection, the highest protection any article of clothing can offer.
* Our hats are reversible.
* They provide discreet breastfeeding.
* The snap-strap means your baby CANNOT pull the hat off.
* All of our hats are HANDMADE by work-at-home women in the USA.
Pilot Bonnet in Bird of Paradise Vintage Velvet
Always Measure for the Best Fit.
If you have questions about size, please let us know.
What size should I choose?
Each of our hat styles fit slightly differently, and therefore, they do have slightly different sizing recommendations. See below by hat style, and we've done our best to help you decide what size is correct. In EVERY case, though, the best way to know what size to order is to MEASURE your child's head circumference. We offer age ranges as a rough guideline but head shapes vary and children, even when "big" or "small" for their age can have widely varying head sizes. Age is NOT a reliable predictor.
Our modBonnets and ecoBonnets are exactly the same except for the choice of fabrics. Both tend to run LARGE. Except for the XXS which is designed to *actually* fit newborns, if in doubt, size down. Our XL bonnet is HUGE and is ONLY for children whose head circumference is above 21".
Our skiBonnets run small. Sizing up is advisable if your child is at the end of the size range. The fleece tends to be thick and while we prefer a very snug winter hat (no wind!), not everyone does. If you're in doubt, size up.
These run true to size. If in doubt, size UP.
* Brimless bonnets--
These run true-to-size. If in doubt, size UP.
Our spring/summer caps tend to run true-to-size or a tad large. They are designed to fit all the way down on the head, so the edge of the cap is at about the bottom of the ear lobe. We designed the hats this way so they provide full sun protection for the entire ear.
The caps will appear TOO TALL if you're looking for an above-the-ear fit.
The caps fit best when worn at an angle, with the elasticized back down below the bulb of the head and the brim up just below the hairline.
If in doubt, size UP.
Our skiCaps run SMALL. If your child is towards the end of the size range and you do not want a snug fit (snug fits are great for wind protection), then please size UP.
Our pixie hats run LARGE. They can be folded back even at the snap point for a smaller and shallower fit. Stay within the size range or if you're in doubt, size DOWN.
* Pilots & Ear Hats--
Pilots and ear hats use the same pattern. They tend to run LARGE. If in doubt, size down.
Most Orders Ship in 1-4 Business Days.
If you need your hat FAST, though, please send us an email or make a note in your order and we will ship it right away!
Transit times vary but usually are:
2-5 business days
Express mail is 1-2 business days.
First class is 7-21 business days
Priority mail is 7-10 business days
Express mail is 3-5 business days
Keep in mind that these are ESTIMATES, and actual transit times depend on many variables that are out of our control. Thank you for understanding.
Our Beautiful Hats Can Withstand Lots of Abuse!!
*You *can* machine wash and tumble dry them... but they will shrink, usually 4-6%.
*We recommend hand wash & line dry.
*Ears on our ear hats should be removed before washing and should be spot cleaned only.
*Poms on our brimless hats should be spot cleaned only. Use a hair dryer to puff the poms back up to their original loft & softness.
*Wool items can be SPOT CLEANED ONLY.
*Mariner cloth shinks significantly and should be hand washed only.
* Silk items should be hand washed only.
Guaranteed for Life.
We never expect that there will be a problem. But we're human and our items are handmade. Every once in a while, a stinker of a snap or an off-kilter seam slips through, even though every single hat is triple checked for quality.
No matter what the problem is, if you're not happy, we're not happy. It's that simple.
And so, our bonnets are totally guaranteed against manufacturing defects, for LIFE. Shrinkage, wash fading, and color-bleeding when exposed to pool chemicals or sunscreens of any type are not considered manufacturer defects.
If you have a problem, email us and we'll work with you to make it right.
Warranty coverage extends even to people you pass the bonnet on to. They're guaranteed, forever. Once we see the defect, we will repair or replace your hat at our discretion.
Of course, we can't really help if your dog chews up your hat or if you accidentally put it in the blender.
Please note that because of variability of washing methods, washing machines, water temperatures, previous chemical exposures (i.e., sunscreen) and detergents, we do not guarantee that your 100% cotton bonnet will not shrink or fade or bleed in the wash.
But if it's something we didn't do quite right, we'll MAKE it right.
We're proud of our products and we stand behind them. 100%.