I finally feel back to normal after the art festival craziness. A big portion of the money went to buying supplies. I managed to get two vintage balsa blocks for cheap and a nice button block from Germany. Plus I spent a big chunk of change of goodies from The Trimming Company. I decided it’s time to start considering playing with hoods so I purchased a few to play with to see if it’s something I really want to do. My husband even got me a new steamer which ended up being a huge help to the process.
Using my small fascinator blocks I decided I wanted to make a fedora bowler type hat. I believe me and Intern Kim came up with a fabowler as this new style. She got to play with my new balsa block and was steaming through the process as I was sitting there trying to get the hood to do what I wanted. Her hat turned out amazing! I wish I had another side picture because she had some really nice pleating on the side.
So back to my hat. I pulled my hood too far out instead of straight down so I had to play around with creating the brim. This made me realize how much more I like to construct piece rather then just doing it all in one piece. I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s just the fact I don’t like to make “normal” hats. So I came up with this:
After putting it on this morning I realized I like it much more than I did last night. Sometimes you really just need to walk away for a while to see things differently. It’s like a bowler, a top hat, and a fedora had a crazy night in Vegas and ended up pregnant. I dig it. It’s not something you would expect, yet it still has a vintage glamour to it.
It even reminds me of a Victorian riding hat. It stiffened great overnight. I just need to sew a few more things into place and finish the little details.
On a side note I have everything uploaded to my Etsy shop finally! Please take a look at all the things I spent tons and tons and tons and tons of time uploading.
Happy Hatting Everyone!