Jenny La Fleur
big green fun - Jenny La Fleur
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big green fun


The Big Green Hat! I decided to take a small break from some of my other commitments to work on some me stuff this weekend and finished off the Big Green Fun!


The top of the hat partially covered. I used temporary basting spray to position and smooth out the velvet onto the buckram (didn't bother with mull since it was velvet), then stitched in place with silk thread. The brim edge I decided to be meticulous on and used a small buttonhole stitch to make it super sturdy and to finish the edge a bit.


My next step was to finish covering the top. For the crown side I again used temporary basting spray to position and smooth out the velvet. I only used the spray in the center of the piece though, not going up to the edges so I could more easy turn them under and stitch.


I then turned my attention to the under brim. I ripped two 6.5" strips of silk taffeta off the bolt. I lined up the ends and cut a little wedge then stitched it up to make a tube. After I ran multiple gathering stitches I began to line it up and gather the outside brim edge. Once I was happy with it, I stitched it down with a large whip stitch.


The inside brim edge was more of a challenge (hence no pics) as I didn't sew the gathering stitch were the edge actually was. Um opps! I beat it into submission eventually though and stitched it down as best I could, hiding the stitches underneath the crown side as much as possible. I then pinned my velvet bias binding (a scant 1.25" wide) to the outside brim and stitched it on by machine.


The bias binding was then turned under and hand-stitched down on the other side. The last step was to add a little drawstring lining to the inside crown so I can adjust the fit to whatever I'm doing with my hair. Voila - a finished hat!


To say I'm happy with the results would be quite the understatement - I love this hat!


My original idea for the decoration was lots of feathers and ribbons but I'm liking this very simple striped ribbon and buckle combination. I'm going to let it sit of a couple of weeks and then decide what I want to do decoration-wise. Hats are best when you let them stew you know.

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tayloropolis From: tayloropolis Date: July 4th, 2010 01:12 pm (UTC) (link)
This is one of the most beautiful hats I have ever seen! I love it!
tayloropolis From: tayloropolis Date: July 4th, 2010 01:12 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh, and it will look so gorgeous with your red hair!
bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: July 4th, 2010 01:28 pm (UTC) (link)
That totally rocks and will look fabulous with your coloring. Bravo!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 9th, 2010 02:04 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much - I really had way too much fun with this one!
madamekat From: madamekat Date: July 4th, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC) (link)
OMG, it's so wonderful!! Great job!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 9th, 2010 02:04 am (UTC) (link)
Thank you so much!
padawansguide From: padawansguide Date: July 4th, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC) (link)
Wow - that's seriously amazing! You're very talented at hats!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 9th, 2010 02:05 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I love making hats I really do!
unclrashid From: unclrashid Date: July 4th, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC) (link)
What a luscious color. I need a tailcoat in that fabric!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 9th, 2010 02:05 am (UTC) (link)
Thank you! Definitely one of my favorite colors!
fashionsoftime From: fashionsoftime Date: July 4th, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC) (link)
OMGoodness! LOVE IT!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 9th, 2010 02:05 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks!
cracked_code From: cracked_code Date: July 4th, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC) (link)
Your overwhelming talent makes me drool with envy...and makes my military issue combination cover look like...well, lets just leave that up to the imagination, shall we? :-)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 9th, 2010 02:07 am (UTC) (link)
Yes well you didn't poke your fingers with needles to make your cover either... no pain no glory! Hee. :>
my_stitching From: my_stitching Date: July 4th, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC) (link)
Beautiful! I absolutely adore the color! Can't wait to see it on you. :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 9th, 2010 02:07 am (UTC) (link)
Thank you! I can't wait to wear it!
sarahbellem From: sarahbellem Date: July 4th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh Jenny Rose, you've done it again. I'm GREEN with envy for your pretty hat! ;)

BTW, how do you plan on getting that thing to California so I can steal it admire it in person?
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 9th, 2010 02:10 am (UTC) (link)
Thank you so much! That was my goal of course. :P

Well to be honest I'm not sure how I'm getting this baby to CosCol. I'll either have to hand carry it or ship it ahead of time to a local I think. Either way I'll make sure to keep a sharp eye on you once it's arrived! Mine! :>
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: July 4th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC) (link)
GORGEOUS! I love it!

I was actually thing of doing a similar decoration on my big black hat to wear with the printed caraco. (I must have been influenced by your icon).
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 9th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC) (link)
Thank you!

Yeah I think that icon has a lot to answer for. Although it does have feathers too...
lahoo88 From: lahoo88 Date: July 4th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC) (link)
It's so delicious, I would be very very happy too.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 9th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks!
pinkdiamond From: pinkdiamond Date: July 4th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC) (link)
LOVE IIIIT!!!!!!!!!!!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 9th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC) (link)
Thank you so much!
jenthompson From: jenthompson Date: July 5th, 2010 03:03 am (UTC) (link)
Oh MY!!!!! *lustlustlust*

You're killing me with the pretty lately. If your entire costume wardrobe turns up missing someday... umm... I had nothing to do with it.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 9th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC) (link)
Thank you so much, high praise indeed. :>
marcine From: marcine Date: July 5th, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC) (link)
Lovely! That color will look great on you.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 9th, 2010 02:13 am (UTC) (link)
Thank you - I do love these two colors!
redthreaded From: redthreaded Date: July 5th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC) (link)
This makes me want to get back into millinery! Love it!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 9th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC) (link)
Thank you!! I'm throughaly addicted to millinery now. I really have to restrain myself or my whole house would be hats by now!
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