>Finished Project- 1880s Tall Hat


I just finished up a project I started last week- this hat will accessorize the bustle dress I just finished.  I just LOVE making hats.  It’s one of my absolute favorite things.  But even more than making hats I love trimming hats, and I like mine to be like patisserie for the head, if that makes any sense.  Fancy, feminine, and sweet, with maybe a little too much yummy decoration to the top. ;)
Hats, 1885.   Image source here

I looked at a lot of books when trying to decide on how to trim mine, but in the end I just went with the vertical trim thing + a lot of flowers and fluffiness.  Since this is only the second time I’ve tried to use straw braid over buckram I did have some parts that needed to be covered up a bit with trim- but from experience more trim on Victorian clothing and accessories is often a good thing.  
 This hat pattern was from Lynn McMasters Late Victorian Hat Pattern.  I used the method of sewing straw braid over buckram from a class she taught at Costume College.  I believe the article she has on her website is the construction we learned in the class, so for the method visit here.  I was not able to find straw braid so I tore apart a cheap hat from Michael’s craft stores and used that.  The wide blue plaid ribbon, fringe trim, and feather ornament are all vintage.  The flowers are artificial like you use for creating home decorations and arrangements and  were bought on clearance, also at Michael’s.
I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend!

3 Comments on >Finished Project- 1880s Tall Hat

  1. Jennifer
    June 6, 2011 at 7:54 pm (13 years ago)

    This is fantastic! Love it!

  2. Fiona Timantti
    June 7, 2011 at 1:04 pm (13 years ago)

    Lovely hat!

  3. The Dreamstress
    June 24, 2011 at 1:59 am (13 years ago)

    That is so fantastic, and hilarious, and completely over-the-top and wonderful! I can’t wait to see it on you with the whole dress!

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