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.
Tags: hats, z:archive:18th:jacket:icecream