Then I saw this photo:
It's a bit hard to see, but she's made little braids to tie at the neck and just let the short ends of the shawl hang down. We can't see the back, of course, but this is almost a cross between a sontag and a shawl.
What an ingenious solution.
A few details to note for knitters:
- There are at least three colors to this shawl.
- There is also a border, plus fringe, plus tassels. Victorians love excess in trim.
A few details to note for reenactors:
- Based on her hair style and the photo type, I'd say this is a slightly post-war image.
- Note that her bodice matches her skirt; in other words, she's wearing a dress, not a skirt/blouse combo.
- Note that she is wearing a white collar.
- While she is holding a stylish hat--please note her age. She's quite young. If you're not comfortable wearing hip-hugger blue jeans, you shouldn't be wearing a hat like this.
- Also note the shape of her hat. It's a great hat shape, and it looks nothing like the floppy, sloppy, wide-brimmed straw hats seen at events.
- Also note that she does not have a doily slapped up on the back of the hat, nor some sort of faux-medieval nylon veil-y thing.
We could all wish to be so cute.