This is what I've been working on the past few days. I'm completely out of buckram but still have a bunch of straw braid from cheap hats, so I had to sew it back together in the shape I wanted, then cover it. Still needs to be trimmed, but I have to buy feathers so I can do that!
It's going to be worn with my as-yet-still-unmade red wool 1913 dress at the end of this month, when a group of friends and I are going to see the Titanic exhibit while it's at our local museum.
Apologies for bad lighting and bad pictures - but it's not really finished yet, so that's my excuse.
|Lint, lint everywhere!|
|And the inside. No more icky straw!|
|Scary-bad mirror shots!|
Quick specs for you...
- No pattern, just straw braid sewn together and covered! (That's why it's lumpy.) All by hand, no glue - mostly just because glue and I don't get along, and I don't really need my fingertips anyway.
- It's not really inspired by any particular hat, just my overall impression of the period, and a goal of "big hat but not TOO big because crazy big hats were definitely on their way out by 1912." (Don't listen to the movie!)
- Made of cheap straw braid, covered in cotton flannel, and then covered in black cotton velveteen and lined in pink cotton sateen.
And in-progress shots, so you can see the icky straw! Oh, and a note: All I know about millinery I learned from the Internet, so don't look to me for correct methods, please!
|THAT'S the cheap straw I was talking about...|
|Covered the crown & brim with flannel separately...|
|...and then sewed them together. Easier to deal with that way.|
|Starting to be covered in velveteen. & yes the Reeses are VERY necessary.|
|Basting in different colour thread is GOOD.|