hmm... i can't do a picture tute because i threw out my pattern but it's pretty easy, provided that you have access to milliners' supplies (or are inventive with cardboard). so, first thing you do is make your base. i used buckram (which is fabric that comes in rolls and is saturated with glue, so when you wet it and shape it over a block it dries, stiffens, and retains its shape. that's what many hats are made out of). so i shaped the buckram over my hat block, but i think the same thing could be done with cardboard. once you have your buckram base, you attach milliner's wire to the bottom of the thing (after you've decided how tall you want your hat - mine's about 2 or 3 inches tall). I attached it by means of zigzag stitch on the sewing machine. the next thing you do is make a pattern for the fabric. if you're making a cardboard base i guess you could pretty much use the same pattern. so what you do is make an oval with the a slightly smaller circumference than your head (measure around your head right above your ears and subtract like an inch and a half). this way, your hat will sit on top of your head and not be too big, hopefully, as mine was. once you have an oval, measure the circumference (a piece of string works well for this rather than just a tape measure) and draw out a strip as wide as you want your hat to be tall, and as long as the circumference of your oval. you can make these patterns out of pretty much anything, old grocery bags work nicely (paper, duh). if you're using the pattern for the base, just trace around the paper on your cardboard (you should use thin cardboard because it's flexible, don't use corrugated). if you're cutting out your fabric, add at least a 1/2" seam allowance on the edges and MARK EVERYTHING. make sure you trace on the wrong side of the fabric. cut on the seam allowance. now, attach the oval of fabric to the strip of fabric, right side to right side, wrong sides out, like you would sew anything. sew the ends of the strips together. voila, you have a fabric hat. then attach it to the base with a whipstitch, pulling the seam allowances under, and making sure the fabric is taught. voila, you have a hat. if you want to do my variation with the gathers, make the strip of fabric twice as long as you actually need it to be. use a double row of gathering stitches at the top and a double row at the bottom to get a nice even gathering. gathering stitches should be done in the seam allowance, not in the fabric that's going to be showing (or the face of the hat). gather the fabric to the length you need to fit with the oval (for me, it was something like 20") and attach it normally, making sure the gathering stitches don't poke out. i would love to post pictures, but with the rate my life's going, that'll be next time i make a hat, and who knows when that'll be. hope this helps! let me know if you have questions and good luck to anyone who attempts this.
so this i made for costume construction class last year, it's a white satin pillbox hat with black edging and a black pearl-accented veil. it's a little too big for my head, which is kinda depressing, but i still like it. right now it's covering a bottle on my desk in my dorm room.
beautiful! i'm inclined to say that even if you didn't fill everything in, it'd still be stunning. actually, probably more so. it'd be more "artsy". you know, pockets of information that tell you what you need to know and then just basic guidelines that let you know what's there and let you fill it in with your imagination... at least that's what they tell us in art school. so if you just filled in a few pansies and let the rest be outlines, it would make for a nice push/pull of information and an intriguing figure/ground relationship ok, enough with my b.s. artbabble, i love your tablecloth and think it rocks hard all night long.
yay, i'm a college student. or have been, for two years now. and this is where i live:
view when you walk in
pictures i drew, on the wall
my signature blue tape tree. i made three of these in my room last year. we're not allowed to use any adhesives on the wall except blue tape. i've broken that rule in other regards, but i always use blue tape for the trees. hope you like! feel free to post anything creative you've done to your dorm room... let's see how we've made the best of our little boxes!
having a minimum of time and a maximum of creativity (and being a crazy art student), i make costumes that usually involve a combination of two things: 1. flowers 2. on my head. this year, i went as frida kahlo:
last year, as a garden party:
yeah. i like things that have flowers and lights. always a good combination.