Well, spring has sprung, Mr. G has survived the opening weekend of Faire, and this fortnight's theme is Tops and Toes, a challenge after my own heart! Not only did I get to make a tall hat to go with my later 1880's gear, but I actually have construction pictures!
I found this old straw hat in the garage and separated the crown from the brim, leaving a little lip so that the modified crown could be sewn back on.
I made a base for the new crown out of sinamay and started unraveling the crown. After ripping a few rows off it, I left the brim in a sink full of hot water for an hour or two.
While the brim was soaking, I sewed the braid of the crown to the sinamay base. I then reattached the brim, and pinned it into shape overnight. Add some ribbon and flowers, and voila! Instant hat!
The Challenge: Tops and Toes
Fabric: Um, sinamay?
Notions: Thread, ribbon, and flowers
How historically accurate is it? Completely hand sewn
Hours to complete: About a day and a half
First worn: Not yet
Total cost: Free