August 30, 2020

An Edwardian Picture Hat [Patreon Teaser]

"Picture hat (noun) - a woman's highly decorated hat with a wide brim, as shown in pictures by 18th-century English painters such as Reynolds and Gainsborough" 
- Oxford Dictionary

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Gentle drapery, pastel satin, luscious feathers, and feminine frills - the turn-of-century fashion had it all!  I'm really excited for today's post as it's something new and represents the beginning of the next chapter for this blog (and for me as I'm growing into this role of "content creator").  As you saw in the title, this is a teaser for the first exclusive-to-Patreon project.  Upon joining, all Patrons unlock the full post, which includes my step-by-step process for making an Edwardian Picture Hat, the historical inspiration behind this particular design, and a series of completed project shots.  

Now, for a preview of what's on the inside:  

From blocking sinamay, to wiring buckram, covering the form, and decorating it - this post will take you through the transformation from materials to picture hat.  (Feel free to click on the screenshot below to make it larger!)

Picture hat materials include: sinamay and buckram base, cotton mulling, millinery wire, petersham ribbon; black silk habotai for the outer fabric; light blue, textured satin, black cotton gauze, and ostrich feathers for trimming.  

Baby blue satin, black cotton gauze, and ostrich plumes

Completed Project Shots

To wrap up this teaser post, here are a few of the completed project shots:

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& special thanks to Patrons - you're the feathers on my picture hat!

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