( Read more... )We still need to sew some faux hair curls to the front, but otherwise it's done. She wanted something that made doing her hair easy, and this will definitely be that! It doesn't get a whole lot easier than throwing on a hat that already has hair sewn to it.
As for construction, it's an iridescent silk exterior, a fleece mull layer, and a straw hat's crown for the base. jenthompson was kind enough to lead a group of us in how to make Regency turban-style hats that are permanently attached to a hat base. If I recall correctly, the straw hat started life at Party City. After mulling the hat, I just pinned and tacked the silk until I had something I liked. I sewed a straight-grain band around the bottom to hide the raw edges of the crown silk, then covered the seam with the gold trim. I curled the peacock feathers using a plastic knife (yes, that really works!) and tucked all the feather ends into a filigree cone bead.
It's nice to be making progress! Tonight I'll be fixing some small errors on my own regency hat, and tomorrow I'll work on a chemisette and some sleeves for my dress. I've gotta look spiffy for tea this weekend!