In which I become a Mad Hatter
My cousin, Michele, is getting married in a few months. Since I'm the "crafty cousin", she asked me to make her wedding hat. I took on the challenge! After months of research and chatting with Lori, a very helpful local hatter, I purchased some buckram, stretch velvet and trim from the fantastic and amazing FabDepot and got to work! I really like the results, and more importantly, so does Michele!
The wedding hat was copied from this hat. It's a vintage piece that was created some time in the 1940s or early 1950s. The trim is hand-beaded.
|Original hat: back|
|Original hat: right|
|Original hat: left|
The new hat was created from a single layer of buckram that was cut to size and molded onto a styrofoam head with steam from my sputtery iron. It was dry and shaped in less than 20 minutes. I followed John Koch's instructions from "Threads" magazine (it was the January 2011 issue, I think). Altogether, this was about 60 hours of work, all hand-sewn with a tiny needle and silk thread.
|New hat: left|
|New hat: right|
|New hat: back. She'll tuck her veil under the ornamental circles.|
|A sweet surprise inside: Michele's "something blue".|