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A Raspberry Colored Hat

Added Jun 23, 2010

by solsticefire

San Diego, Calif...






It is the start of summer and I have added two wool projects, lol…

This is a cloche-inspired wool hat I made from an extra piece of buckram I blocked (I took a Millinery class in the beginning of the year — you can see my other hat in my project archive). The base is buckram, a starchy net-like material that softens when wet…. you stretch it over a wooden head block to get the shape of the crown. The brim is flat-patterned. The brim also has a base of buckram, that is why it sticks out straight and not “floppy.”

I added a trim of petersham ribbon and a couple of vintage buttons. This was about 98% handsewn, using “Millinery” needles. The lining for the hat is made out of taffeta and finished off with a narrower petersham ribbon that acts as a sweatband .

Material Notes

100% wool, buckram, crinoline, millinery wire, petersham, taffeta, buttons, lots of thread and patience :)




Garment Type
Classic, Other, Romantic, Vintage
Taffeta, Wool

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    Jun 23, 2010, 02.08 PMby smallfire

    This looks really good. I love the color choices. Well done!!

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    Jun 23, 2010, 02.07 PMby tamezdc

    What a gorgeous hat! It looks good on you. I would wear this hat to an event in a heart beat.

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    Jun 23, 2010, 01.03 PMby wackyblonde

    Very nice. The shape and the colour are lovely. Superb hatmaking skills.

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    Jun 23, 2010, 08.17 AMby smalldose

    wow. this looks store bought! you are so skilled! hat making is an intimidating art form that i haven’t dared try…

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      Jun 25, 2010, 03.03 AMby solsticefire

      If you can sew, you can make a hat…. so definitely don’t be intimidated! There are various millinery techniques, the one I use is called “blocking.” Mostly it takes time and patience, and some basic hand stitches :)

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