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hats off!

With giftmas around the corner things have been rather hectic, especially with a bout of sinusitis to spice things up. Which means that I havn't started anything major, but sewing in front of the tv is perfect when home sick, so I decided a slightly smaller project would be perfect. Accessories are always fun, and as it happens, I did have some planned for the Your Wardrobe Unlock'd Double Period Project. So I got cracking on the Gainsbourough hat, something I've been meaning to make for ages and had all the ingredients for =)

The Gainsborough hat, or Picture hat, or Devonshire hat was made famous by Georgiana Cavendish, the duchess of Devonshire, in her portrait by Gainsborough. All of a sudden everyone wanted a huge black hat with a big ribbon and a sway of ostrich feathers. Being a true fashionista, of course I wanted one too, some hundred years later ;o)

There are millions of ways to cover a hat, but here's my way if anyone's interested.
hatmaking 1
Here are the raw materials, a straw hat to cover, silk, wire, ostrich feathers, buckle, and ribbon. I first chose that ribbon because it almost matches the one in the Georgina film, but it didn't match the jacket fabric so well so I'm probably going to use something else. First the a wire is sewn to the frame so that the hat will keep its shape when worn. The ends are secured with electrical tape.

hatmaking 2
The brim and crown are measured and traced on folded fabric. The brim is stitched and the crown cut out. Then the brim cover is wiggled onto the straw hat, this can be a bit of a struggle. The height and circumference of the crown is measured and a corresponding rectangle is cut out to which the top of the crown is sewn. My crown was a bit tapered so the side crown had to be gathered a little, but this will be covered by the ribbon. This is then pinned and stitched to the straw hat.

hatmaking 3
I use a millinary needle that is curved for these seams, they are very handy! Then the brim cover is turned under, pinned and stitched on top of the side crown. Turn under and sew the bottom side to the straw hat too for a nice finish without fraying. And that's it. It's ready to be decorated, the fun part! I can't wait!


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Dec. 12th, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
Lovely hat!
Dec. 12th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
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Corsets and crinolines
18th Century Embroidery Techniques
Eighteenth-Century French Fashions in Full Color
Medieval Tailor's Assistant

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