Added Feb 5, 2011
Because a dress from 1955 (even a reproduction) is incomplete without a little hat, I made this purple silk hat to match my wool dress. To make it extra fun, I limited myself to what I had on hand in the spirit of stash busting.
If you start with a purchased hat form made of buckram and wire, there is nothing more basic than a small circle hat – and the decorative possibilities are endless!
I started with a square of wool felt big enough to cover the hat form and basted it into the concave side of the hat as a lining. Because I used a thick wool felt, I was able to steam out the wrinkles caused by trying to fit a flat fabric into a curved hat and I also had something to sew into when attaching my bias binding and the horsehair braid loops that help the hat stay on with a couple of bobby pins.
I then cut a square of silk large enough to cover the outside of the hat form and basted the edges down.
Next I cut and applied bias binding made from my silk fabric to finish the edges as well as cover my basting stitches.
Now comes the fun part – decoration! I started with small squares of silk. This time, I used a loose running stitch in a freehand circle gathered up to create a mini cushion. The raw edges are then stuffed into the cushion and with the remaining thread, sewn to the hat in whatever pattern you want. I also added some bead accents to the “flowers.” Leaving the square edges stuffed inside creates a more 3-dimentional effect than if you trim those corners away. I also made leaf shapes in both my green silk and green velvet and tacked these on the hat. Tiny prick stitches may be used to create interesting shapes with the leaves and flower accents.
Finally, I added some lavender veiling to the outside edges of the hat for a very vintage look.
Lavender silk shantung from Britex
Mint Green silk dupioni
Buckram hat form from Britex
Silk velvet from Bella Notte sample sale
Gray wool felt from JoAnns
Veiling from Britex
Assortment of purple beads from the stash (originally purchased at Baubles and Beads)
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