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Melbourne Cup Filigree Hat

Added Nov 1, 2012

by micbrown

North Hobart, Au...






Organza covered wire twisted into shape. I took inspiration from filigree jewelry. It’s almost finished but I’m so pleased with it I couldn’t wait to share it. It is to be worn with a dress I made from the same organza fabric which I will photograph soon. I plan to wear this to a Melbourne Cup luncheon.

Material Notes

Wire, organza




Garment Type

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    Nov 15, 2012, 10.24 AMby claudeb

    And another great job…..Stu is most impressed too :)

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      Nov 15, 2012, 11.55 PMby micbrown

      Ha ha. I appreciate that Stu is impressed – we are a family of handcrafts people. I had to rely on metal work skills for the wire bending.

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    Nov 2, 2012, 01.04 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    oh its so lovely! I was playing with wire like this last night with my millinery teacher! Did you just turn the organza through on itself and use it as a roulee? (idk if i spelt that right!)

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      Nov 2, 2012, 04.43 AMby micbrown

      Thanks. I don’t have one of those devices that can turn tubes into spaghetti straps – a ‘Tube Turner’ – I think I’ll get one though. I just had to use the iron to fold the fabric in on itself, like making bias tape, and stitch the edges together. I pinned it down to the ironing board to help avoid burnt fingers. The finished tube is flat and the same width as the visible french seams on my organza dress so although it’s not as smooth looking as it should be it compliments the seams of the dress. To make the shape I drew it onto a piece of paper and tried to use one continuous line to avoid trying to join wire and to make the shape self supporting. I also pinned the wire down onto the ironing board as I went using the piece of paper as a template. Wire is tricky as it gets messy and kinky the more you fiddle and fuss with it. This type of shape is tricky too as there is no ‘inside’. There is nowhere to hide joins etc. I bet your enjoying learning millinery.

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    Nov 1, 2012, 07.00 PMby thecuriouskiwi

    I’ve just started planning my fascinator yesterday – Melb cup isn’t as big here in NZ as it was when I was living in Perth but people still take a bit of time off for a flutter and to watch (and drink) so I am not making a new dress this year, just the fascinator for the competition ;)

    Love yours, I think it will stand out because of it’s elegance rather than being too over-the-top, looking forward to seeing the whole ensemble

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      Nov 1, 2012, 08.39 PMby micbrown

      Thanks. I have new respect for Milliners after making this. Can’t wait to see yours! Hope you back a winner on Tuesday.

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    Nov 1, 2012, 07.18 AMby jennyrecorder

    Pretty sassy, bet you’ll stand out from the crowd:) PS- Have a flutter?!

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      Nov 1, 2012, 07.25 AMby micbrown

      Thanks. It was tricky to come up with something that would suit the organza dress – flowers and feathers just didn’t work. PS – I will have a flutter!! Fingers crossed for a big win!

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    Nov 1, 2012, 06.21 AMby Mary Athey

    I.d be pleased with it to!! its fabulous x

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      Nov 1, 2012, 07.44 AMby micbrown

      Thanks. I can’t wait to wear it – it’s not often I go to social outings that require head wear.

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