Since the first Accessory Challenge theme is Hats, I thought I share some that I’ve made. And then I realized that, since switching my website to Word Press almost 2 years ago, I still haven’t moved about half my photos & dress diaries here. Ooops. So a lot of the hats I made & gave away aren’t pictured. But still, I have a few & from various eras…
The hands-down weirdest hat I’ve ever made is the heuke (aka the duck-billed hatapus). 16th-century Flemish-ish. Wired buckram, curved over steam, mulled with flannel, covered with wool & edged in velvet. Looks like a duck, fits like a duck, water off a duck’s back.
A far more classic hat style (one I’ve cranked out seemingly millions of times!) is this little Victorian boater I made for my dear friend Donna. It went with a bustle gown she made, & she’d made a contrasting bustle gown for me (which I made a similar hat for). Wired buckram, mulled with flannel, covered in silk, trimmed with silk rosettes, buttons, & feathers.
Let’s not forget soft caps. All hats don’t require structure. Like this 18th-century cap made of silk organza, naught but a circle, a ruffle, & some ribbon.
And of course my beloved 16th-century wired caps. Linen + starch + wire can be so cute.
However, you don’t even have to make a hat from scratch for it to be the perfect topper for an outfit. I took a child’s felt hat & trimmed it out with fake sushi & chopsticks in order to get the right headgear for my iconic Sushi Victorian bustle gown.
So, are you thinking about hats? What might you make for the challenge? Any ideas yet? Do share!