The best thing about wet yucky holidays is I get to make stuff. This week's project: a straw hat for a Regency picnic. This turned out lovely, and was so much easier than I thought it would be!
Step 1: Find a straw hat with a wide flat brim. Something not so crispy will work better when you try to push a needle through it. Crispy breaks up & you might not be able to save it.
Step 2: Cut off the brim into a more period shape. The back of the bonnet rests against your neck so you need to cut away enough to allow that. Cut back the sides to a shape you like. I looked in the mirror & took off a little at a time until I liked where the ties would land.
Step 3: Get a piece of fabric cut on the bias that is long enough to go all the way around the brim and wide enough to be as deep as the brim plus ~5 inches. With right sides together stitch the bias around the top side of the hat. Turn the fabric to the inside & tuck it in.
Step 5: Make a long tie out of fabric or get a long wide ribbon. Attach to the hat so that the ends cross in the center back and at the outer edges. Tack to the binding.
Step 6: Add decoration at will.
Step 7: Wear your beautiful new hat.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
I just spent a blissful hour rooting in my fabric stash, but as always was reminded of all the things I WANT to be creating and feeling guilty about the lawn, the garden, the dirty car, the laundry, in short all the gotta-dos that take time away from my hobby. I need to get a Regency dress done for Topsails June 1 but may end up just wearing the same (and only) one I have. There certainly are some fun fabric options in my maybe pile now though--do I want white, bone, a stripe, a paisley, or something darker? Sounds like it just started raining--yup--so I don't have to feel bad about the lawn any more. Perhaps I will Pinterest a bit.