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hat confection

My bit of 18th century frosting!


*sigh* I love hats. They offer a chance to have fun and bring a bit of fantesy to a costume. I was inspried by Polonaiseville, my uber-foofy Pimpernel revamp plans and a darling hat seen at Vaux a few years ago. I love this over-the top tilted hat. It's a style I've seen frequently in engravings in the 1770s, becoming more tilted and feathered as the hair gets higher. Yes I will need "pouf" hair with this. Darn. :P


The Frosting began it's journey as a plain straw hat, bought at a market fair at Mount Vernon. I zig-zagged millery wire along the edge of and a couple of inches inside the underside brim. (I later covered the wire with coral velvet ribbon).


I pulled out my favorite wide lace (thank you LA garment district) and after starching it I pleated it onto the brim. I pleated, pressed and pinned right onto the straw. A little steam never hurt a straw brim in my experiance.


Once the lace was stitched down, I started pleating a length of baby pink silk taffeta. I just eyeballed the pleats, pressing each one to set it. I marked a line about 1.25" from the bottom and eased the fabric onto the hat, lining up my marked line with the base of the crown.


Once that was basted on the hat, I ran a gathering stitch along the top of the silk and gathered it to from a pouf. I stuffed the pouf with a bit of netting (so it wouldn't collapse on itslf over time) and covered the hole with a self fabric covered button.


How to keep the darn thing on! I don't know if this will be the best solution once I have big "pouf" hair but it works for now. I orginally tried just one tie but it needed a second top one for more security. I think some high hair and a hat pin will also be required if it's at all windy but we'll see.


The real frosting: feathers, cockades and ribbons - oh my! It needs more feathers (I'll wait and see what I can find at Fort Fred this year) and ribbons (nice of MJ Trim to have a sale this week!) but so far I'm pleased.

Is it too much? *wicked grin*

And since I am having way too much fun with my millenary wire and have too way many ideas in my head to stop at just one hat this week, I started work on another. This time to go with a blue print dress I'm making for that Fort Fred outing. Only a sneak peak for now - I need the silk organza just I ordered to come in before I can do more with it...

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padawansguide From: padawansguide Date: February 26th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC) (link)
Pretty!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 27th, 2009 02:53 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks!
demode From: demode Date: February 27th, 2009 12:28 am (UTC) (link)
Okay, this? FABULOUS. I want one. NOW.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 27th, 2009 02:52 am (UTC) (link)
*blushes* Thanks so much! You know one is not enough though... :P
quincy134 From: quincy134 Date: February 27th, 2009 12:45 am (UTC) (link)
Love it! This is fabulous!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 27th, 2009 02:52 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much!
isiswardrobe From: isiswardrobe Date: February 27th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC) (link)
Absolutely gorgeous! I want it! :-)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 27th, 2009 02:51 am (UTC) (link)
Mine!! :P

Thanks!
From: hohenstein Date: February 27th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC) (link)

The hat sounds fun & fabulous. Thanks for including the tutorial-I hadn't thought of sewing millinery wire in that way.

a.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 27th, 2009 02:51 am (UTC) (link)
I'm glad it was helpful. I've read to sew the wire in like that in a couple of hat making texts. My first time trying it though - worked like a dream. You just have to go slow.
vanessa_lynne From: vanessa_lynne Date: February 27th, 2009 01:18 am (UTC) (link)
Pink and fab!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 27th, 2009 02:49 am (UTC) (link)
I knew you would approve the pinkness. Thanks! :>
mala_14 From: mala_14 Date: February 27th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC) (link)
What a darling confection! Too fabulous.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 27th, 2009 02:49 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much!
sarahbellem From: sarahbellem Date: February 27th, 2009 01:44 am (UTC) (link)
Pretty!!! I want three!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 27th, 2009 02:48 am (UTC) (link)
Yes, one is not enough!! I guess this makes us even since I want at least two of your Gaulle dresses. :P
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: February 27th, 2009 02:35 am (UTC) (link)
Squee!! Its so froofy and pink and perfect! You better watch it at Costume Con. ;P
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 27th, 2009 02:46 am (UTC) (link)
Ooh - if it goes missing I'll hunt you down! My Precious!
anielmom From: anielmom Date: February 27th, 2009 03:51 am (UTC) (link)
Oooh, frosting indeed! It looks like one of those tasty little cakes in M.A.!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 27th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC) (link)
Yay - thanks! :>
koshka_the_cat From: koshka_the_cat Date: February 27th, 2009 04:04 am (UTC) (link)
What fun fluffy hats!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 27th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks - hats should be fun! :>
chloeandrudy From: chloeandrudy Date: February 27th, 2009 04:26 am (UTC) (link)
Oh. Wow. I feel like I'm eating cotton candy.
Too much? No.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 27th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC) (link)
*hee* Thanks!
mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: February 27th, 2009 08:35 am (UTC) (link)
very nice :D it's so girlie and pretty, i think i could eat it! (the feathers might get stuck in my throat though!!!)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 27th, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC) (link)
LOL - now there is a vision! Thanks!
vanityfairy From: vanityfairy Date: February 27th, 2009 10:14 am (UTC) (link)
I WANT CANDY!
Ok, screw the candy, I just really want the hat! =)
Scrumcheous!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 27th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! Defintely a candy hat...
madamemodiste From: madamemodiste Date: February 27th, 2009 01:47 pm (UTC) (link)
That is the most delicious confection I have ever seen!!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 27th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC) (link)
Awww... thanks!
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