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Modern Major Milliner Hat

Added May 19, 2010

by ashkabash

Boston, Massachu...






I went to a tea party for a production of Pirates of Penzance. There was a lady’s hat contest. I won. :D

I bought a big, black hat, the kind you would wear to church. I took it apart, and kept the plastic rim and the nylon netting. Tracing the old fabric pieces, I made a pattern for my own fabrics.

I started with the lining layer, sewing the netting to the wrong side of the pink pieces. The plastic rim went into the pink layer.

For the top, I made some freehand pleats to some white and yellow tulle to create a soft gold look, and placed it over some lightly patterned novelty brocade I had left over from a costume from years ago. I sewed netting the wrong side of this fabric combination.

Before I put the layers together, I hand sewed the flowers on. To attach the layers, I sewed a piece of cream blanket binding over the two edges. I unfortunately don’t have pictures of just the hat.

Material Notes

Tulle, polyester satin, fake flowers.




Garment Type
Romantic, Steampunk, Victorian, Vintage
Satin, Tulle

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    May 20, 2010, 04.24 PMby tamezdc

    Great job! It is gorgeous.

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    May 20, 2010, 04.17 PMby firenice468

    Ashley – you are adorable! Nice to see a familiar face on BurdaStyle :)

    Your future Ruddigore Costume Designer, Abby S

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    May 20, 2010, 12.19 PMby Galadriel F

    Wow, I’m not surprised you won!

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