Sunday, October 24, 2010

I Never Claimed I was a Milliner

My hat making skills leave much to be desired. I am working on a costume for a masquerade ball that is happening at the end of this month. I decided to add a hat to my costume. I visited the local costumer and looked for a hat to decorate. Unfortunately for me, I have a VERY small head. Nothing fit. So I had this bright idea of making my own. When I worked for the Civic Theater in the costume department, many years ago, I was asked to create some very simple, clip in the hair, hats. It should be easy, right. Not really. I put pencil to paper and drew up some plans. After many stops and starts, this is what I created. My mother would call this a 20 pacer. Good thing the ball is being held in a darkened room.

The basic hat construction is out of poster board. The velvet came from a second hand skirt and the feathers were pilfered from a feather duster. I think the overall look turned out well, just don’t get to close.

Originally I was going to add two large bird wings to each side of the hat, but at the last minute I changed my mind. I thought they might be too heavy and would collapse the hat.


Julie said...

WOW!!! That is FABULOUS!!! I can't hardly wait to see the complete costume!!! FABULOUS!!!

Shelley Noble said...

I really thought it was a real hat in the photo until you revealed what you had made it from. I think you've done an excellent job of it! Have fun!

Regina said...'s AWESOME!!! You will be the hit of the ball.


julietk said...

It looks fab from here, I too am interested to see the complete costume :-)

ruthie said...

Beautiful, it looks fab, and who will be inspecting too closely. Have fun! Hats are something i have never tried!

Linda said...

Beautiful, love the feathers!

Julie said...

I swear, you need a photographer to follow you around! Where are the costume photos to follow? Don't tell me the hot buttered rums came around before the photo shoot!? ... I hope it was fun anyhow :)