Jenny La Fleur
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Since my headache won't go away I thought I would post some pics for your viewing pleasure. Stupid headache.

My muff. The little bit of what looks like dirty rags is the original lining. Not in good shape to say the least. The bulky bit that looks like dirty rags is the stuffing. It looks like it's layers of an interfacing type material wrapped around pockets of horsehair. Interesting.

Well disgusting actually as it was filthy dirty. I thought about replacing the stuffing too but in the end decided that I didn't want to take the time and I really liked the original shape and slight "crunchiness" the horsehair gives it. So I took the stuffing outside and beat it against the deck railing a bit then brushed it vigorously with my feather duster inside and out. I brushed the fur part with a comb, working out most of the matted spots, wiped the inside with a damp wash cloth. I could work with it after all that. :P

I took the measurements from the original lining and cut a new lining out of some lightly slubbed ivory silk dupioni. It was too small. Or rather it was too long while being not wide enough. Ah huh. So I added and subtracted what I thought would work and cut a new one. Perfection! I stitched the lining to the stuffing then folded over the ends of the fur and tacked them to the silk. I had to use ivory thread as I didn't have any brown that matched so the stitches kinda show but I'm not too bugged by it. At least it's silk thread. :>

My hat. It came out about the same as my test last weekend. I moved the blue feather and made the lace puff neater. I'll take lots of pics next weekend. :>

Bridget's hat. How cute is this?! This is a hat blank from Truly Victorian covered first in flannel (to smooth out the bumpy straw a bit) then in silk taffeta. I guess this means I decided to keep that green-pistachio silk girls! :> Well it's worth it as it will look lovely in her dark hair. I even let her use the last of my Libertys of London lace. Umm.. it's time to go back to London now!

I'm really pleased with this, the pleated fabric along the brim was my idea and B faithfully pined and sewed it once I got her started. I finished off by covering on the crown too but she really did a fabulous job on this hat, even if she did make a mess trimming the feathers on my bed!

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mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: April 20th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC) (link)
b's hat is such a fabulous colour!
sounds like the 2 of you had a really productive day in spite of nasty headaches, i hope it's getting better soon.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 23rd, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! It certainly helps when the company is so good! :>
chloeandrudy From: chloeandrudy Date: April 20th, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC) (link)
Very pretty, nice Fred, and nice buckle.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 23rd, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC) (link)
my_stitching From: my_stitching Date: April 20th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC) (link)
I think both hats are lovely. You two are going to look quite stylish!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 23rd, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC) (link)
That is the goal! *hee hee* Thanks!
bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: April 20th, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC) (link)
The muff came out great. And you know how much I love hats - both of your new ones are stunners. I'm so glad you kept the pistachio silk, it's so lovely! Do you have enough to make her a jacket or something to go with it?
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 23rd, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC) (link)
Coming from you that is such a compliment - your hats are so amazing! You just made my day. :> Yes, it's a fabric that looks much better in motion or in pleats. Just sitting on the table it's rather blah but you pick it up and pleat it, wow.

No, I don't have enough for a garment unfortunately. The fabric we bought her is a pretty blue-on-white cotton print though. The hat will take it into chic without being to matchy, which will be fun. I may buy some more of the pistachio though to make her something next time. She is losing weight so fast (she wants to join the Navy this year) if she wants to dress up when she is home for Christmas I'm sure it will mean a new frock!
mala_14 From: mala_14 Date: April 20th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC) (link)
This post is just chock full of 18th century goodness. Bridget's hat looks incredibly cute. You guys are going to look so wonderful! I'm excited to see the pics. :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 23rd, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I can't wait for Sunday, it's going to be fun!
lahoo88 From: lahoo88 Date: April 21st, 2008 07:31 am (UTC) (link)
The hats are georgous!!! Inspires me to make one ;)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 23rd, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC) (link)
You should, they are fun!
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: April 21st, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC) (link)
So much hat goodness! Your hat is fabulous as ever, and I just love how Bridget's hat turned out as well! You really made the best of that lovely silk with the pleats along the brim. I need to make a hat now. ;)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 23rd, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I'm really tickled with how B's came out. It's just fun. I've decided I need to make more fun & silly hats.
anielmom From: anielmom Date: April 21st, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC) (link)
Fabulous! Fred looks so comfy up there. Bridget's hat is lovely.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 23rd, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC) (link)
He is quite comfy! Thanks!
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