Jenny La Fleur
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the plan for the hat

After much research and CADDing I decided on a style of hat for my Ice Cream Jacket. I've also decided on how I want to generally style the outfit for CosCol.

The hat is based on several examples I found in my files, dating from c1786-1790. It's similar to an Elizabethan Tall hat or a Restoration Cavalier hat and seems to be worn mostly with traveling, redingotes or riding habits. I found a couple of examples with structured frocks & jackets, although in fairness some of those might really be the strangely proportioned hats so popular in the late 1780s-1790s that I call a "stovepipe hat". Whatever, I like it with the jacket and I'll then have the perfect chapeau for my redingote - whenever I get around to that. :>

I'm using Lynn McMaster's Tall Georgian Hat as my pattern. This pattern seems to run large (both the X-Large and Medium were big, even taking into account BIG hair) but goes together smoothly. At least it does in the mock-up poster board stage. I'll give a full review when it's finished. :>

The fabrics I'm using are a green velvet (leftovers from my Rohan dress) for the top of the hat and pale chartreuse silk taffeta (leftovers from the IC Jacket). They go together in that really cool, match but not match way I love so much - yay!

As for the styling of the outfit, I really had fun with the bright, almost garish, color combo I wore to Loren's tea but I'm thinking I want something different for CosCol.

I was inspired by an outfit from Amazing Grace and this fashion plate. I'm liking the idea of a cream petticoat with the colored jacket. I'm trying to decide if I really do need to order some cream voile, all my voiles are more white and I think a decided cream would work better with the chartreuse. I really like the textured/stripey fabric from Amazing Grace but haven't found anything similar I can afford.

I'm also kicking around the idea of a black petticoat instead. I have some silk taffeta I could use from the stash. It would be super elegant. A completely different look and not exactly the one I had envisioned for the Ice Cream Social though. I don't know... I need to ponder it a bit more before I make up my mind.

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fancyfrocks From: fancyfrocks Date: June 3rd, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC) (link)
Ooh! I'm so excited about this! Yay for fluffy hats!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 4th, 2010 12:40 am (UTC) (link)
Yay!! Fluffy hats do make the world a better place! :>
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: June 3rd, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC) (link)
Love! Major love going on right now! This will be so awesome once its done!

jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 4th, 2010 12:41 am (UTC) (link)
How I will get it to LA I don't know... but really is this the time to be practical? I think not. :P
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: June 4th, 2010 02:02 am (UTC) (link)
Practicality is so overrated! I've been contemplating a giant "stove-pipe"/tall crown hat (whatever you want to call it) and I ask you, is that practical? ;P
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 4th, 2010 12:16 pm (UTC) (link)
Practical no, but I want one too! That and a giant black Gainsbourgh hat of course. I'm almost out of buckram though so I'll need to order more before I can do either! And we are back to practicality. Moo.
viennabelle From: viennabelle Date: June 3rd, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC) (link)
I'm sure black will be great, but I have to say, I loved the green and raspberry from the tea--it's a unconventional combination that just looks really period! Good luck with the hat!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 4th, 2010 12:42 am (UTC) (link)
I liked it to - just wanting a change! Thanks!
padawansguide From: padawansguide Date: June 4th, 2010 12:58 am (UTC) (link)
I definitely wouldn't call your outfit from the tea garish. They were bright colors, but they really worked together. (Can you tell I'm really taken with that outfit? ;-) )
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 4th, 2010 12:09 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I did like it and the fact the combo was almost garish. I was really going for almost obnoxious, just for the fun of it. :P I'm just wanting something different, mostly so it will feel like "new".
tayloropolis From: tayloropolis Date: June 4th, 2010 02:15 am (UTC) (link)
Oh my heavens! Where did you get all these GLORIOUS images! I have never seen most of them- and now they have been added to my files- thanks! I also fully support all manner of big hat! The bigger the better!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 4th, 2010 12:13 pm (UTC) (link)
I'm so bad about writting down where I get these things! Most of the fashion plates came from Journal des Luxus und der Moden though - which I found from jenthompson's mad online reasearching skills.

(Click "Blättern" to browse through each year/month. Look for the entry that says "Innhalt" for the fashion plates. Most months have 2 fashion plates and one decorative furniture pic, hit the arrow button at the top of the image page (when it says 1/2 or 1/3) to view all the images from that month. I took a couple of hours on day to go through it month by month, which was a bit tedious I'll admit but I didn't want to miss anything! Jen also suggested searching by "Suche", or terms like robe, redingote, caraco, turque, etc.)
s0mmer From: s0mmer Date: June 4th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC) (link)
Ooh, those hat ideas are great! I'm sure the new IC jacket incarnation will look wonderful :) Black sounds like an amazing contrast!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 5th, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC) (link)
suededsilk From: suededsilk Date: June 5th, 2010 04:00 am (UTC) (link)
Ginormous fluffy hats! :) It's going to look fantastic.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: June 5th, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC) (link)
Yeah, really who can say nay to a big fluffy hat? :P
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 6th, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC) (link)
Please forgive a lurker's cutting in to this conversation, Jenny--I had an idea. You could possibly dye your white voile with a weak dyebath of brown or yellow (or both), like you did for your chemise gown, to get that 'cream' colour you want. Then you could save your money for things to decorate that fabulous hat! :-D
Just an idea.

God bless,
~'Wild Rose'
in Idaho
vanityfairy From: vanityfairy Date: June 7th, 2010 11:09 am (UTC) (link)
Gorgeous hat inspiration!

I know all about not wanting to wear "this old thing" to a second event, but I so loved the green pink combo and it fits the ice cream theme so well!
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