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« on: October 14, 2006 11:12:08 PM »

When my husband's grossly wealthy boss invited us to his wedding, I felt I needed something slightly over-the-top to wear.  So I whipped up this understated hat.  Fun!  Random women were leaning over the pews to ask where I got it.

my husband doesn't usually look so weird and skeezy...promise

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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2006 11:45:23 PM »


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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2006 11:48:17 PM »

I really really NEED to know how you made this. I want to make one and wear it everywhere. The DMV, the grocery store.....

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« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2006 01:12:28 AM »

wow, that's awesome!
super idea..... how did you make it?
[your baby is soooo cute!]
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« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2006 01:15:16 AM »

You are beyond adorable and that hat is FANTASTIC.

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« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2006 06:24:22 AM »

OMG I LOVE YOUR HAT! And your baby is all too perfect! Cheesy May I ask how you came up with the hat? Did you follow a pattern??? If you didn't would you mind awfully bad if I requested a tutorial? I typically don't ask for those because I know some see it as rude... but your hat is such an awesome feat that I knew I must ask........... I would greatly appreciate any advice that you have to offer............ Grin

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« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2006 06:31:13 AM »

You look straight out of an Audrey Hepburn movie!
The hat is very cool, your whole look is beautiful!
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« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2006 06:43:33 AM »

Ditto, you look so Audrey Hepburn... the whole look is fantastic, I love the velvet wrap, too-- did you make that as well?
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« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2006 06:52:52 AM »

It's beautiful. Very Brit royalty/Hepburn. I wish ppl still wore hats to weddings. And other things.

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« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2006 10:30:27 AM »

Thanks, guys!  'Twas a very easy project.  Here's a tutorial (followed by things I might do differently):

First determine the approx. diameter you want your hat to be.  Now cut a circle, slightly larger than finished diameter, from a stiff material of your choosing.  I used a sheet of black posterboard, which is like very stiff cardstock.  Cut a wedge out of your circle, then bring the edges together and attach securely (I think I used a hot glue gun) to make a shallow cone. 
To make the inside look pretty, since it will be visible, cover it with fabric.  I used a spray adhesive to stick a piece of black velvet over the inside, wrapping it up over the edge.
For the next step, you need a big, fat feather boa--the kind that are readily available for a reasonable price at this time of year.  Try to find the really fat, fluffy kind.  Starting at the top or bottom of your cone (it really doesn't matter which), attach one end of your boa.  I used a dot of hot glue.  Spiral the boa around the cone, securing it with another dot of glue every so often.  You don't need to keep the spiral very tight, since the feathers fill in the spaces fairly well, but remember that your cone will peek through here and there, so it should be the same colour as your feathers.  I started at the bottom and spiralled up, and didn't bring it quite to the very top of the cone, so it has a slightly rounded look at the top, rather than a point.
Congratulations!  You are the proud owner of a big ol' feathery hat!

Things I might do differently: rather than posterboard, this might work with a stiff interfacing, cut in a circle and fused to the lining fabric.  I'd leave a bit of fabric overhang, to wrap over and conceal the raw edge. Then I'd cut the wedge out and make the cone shape (sew it or glue it), and wrap the overhang around the edge.  The boa would attach in the same way.

To keep it on my head, I put two eyelets in the cone before I attached the boa.  Through the eyelets, I poked two sticks through the hat and into my hair, which was in an updo.  My sticks were bamboo skewers--I coloured them black with a marker, and glued pretty buttons on the ends.  They wouldn't hold up in a stiff wind, but they worked fine for me.  You could also try gluing (or stitching, if you go the interfacing route) a comb or two into the inside of the hat. 

If any of this is unclear, shout it out and I'll try to clarify.

Oh, and yes, I made the wrap too.  Similarly simple--it's a square, with an opening from one corner to the center, where there's a small circle cut out to fit around my neck.  I lined it with a taupe satin.  I finished this moments before we left.

One more thing...here's what the baby looks like lately:
« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2006 10:34:23 AM »

Wow, that is one amazing hat!  Cheesy

« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2006 12:23:53 PM »

I love your hat! I was just looking at hat paterns (vintage vogue) wishing I had the gut to wear it everywhere.  Great work and great look overhall, beautiful and classy.
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« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2006 04:03:53 PM »

{{{{{{{{{{{{Hugs}}}}}}}}}}}} TY TY TY TY TY TY TY TY Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Wink Cheesy Grin Grin Grin THANK YOU FOR THE TUTE! You have got my mind going a gazillion times an hour (is that possible? LMAO) Wink with ideas!!!!!!!!!!! I am soooooooooooooooo excited!!!! Wink I need to find a place to purchase some bare barretts and haircombs wholesale for cheap... My girlies would love this twist because it is not a hat it is a hairbow.... I can modify theirs to be even more so of a hairbow so the school won't say anything to them!!!!!!!! Cheesy Ty sooooooooooooooooooo much!

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« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2006 10:32:46 PM »

EVerybody loves an audrey hepburn hat!! Great job and thanks so much for sharing the tutorial.

« Reply #14 on: October 15, 2006 10:52:11 PM »

i love this!!!! as a big audrey hepburn fan, i have to say this is unequivocabably the most beautiful hat ever!!! ty for the tutorial!!! dahling, truly divine!!! Cool

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« Reply #15 on: October 16, 2006 02:51:40 AM »

Okay, my fave thing about the hat is that it's really a rather basic creation and you had random ladies falling over themselves to ask where you got it. That is skill.

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« Reply #16 on: October 16, 2006 05:46:22 AM »

Marvelous! I wish i dared to wear that type of hats. It suites you very well!
« Reply #17 on: October 16, 2006 08:03:12 AM »

I am SO impressed!

I was going to ask to see a picture from the back or from above, but your explanation helped a lot. Let me see if I understand...from your description it sounds like you basically made a Chinese "coolie" hat from cardboard and covered it with feathers.....(but it looks like a regular hat with a crown and brim!)

Is the velvet the underside of your cardboard next to your face? With the feathers on the upper side only?

You're right, this IS the best time of the year to buy a feather boa!

Oh, how inspired I am!
« Reply #18 on: October 16, 2006 09:52:36 AM »

McJulie-O:  Yes, it's very much like a "coolie," just without that slight dip from brim to peak.  And yes, the velvet is the underside. 

It's also possible to buy hat forms from costuming shops, so you might be able to find a form to decorate, rather than making your own.  I had no luck, so I decided to have a go at building my own.  The fullness of the feathers rounds the shape out nicely, but if you made your own form with interfacing or some other fabric option, it wouldn't be too difficult to round the top.  I would love to try making this again, but I still have the original in my closet, and it's not like I need another.  Hmm, maybe there's a market for them...
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« Reply #20 on: October 16, 2006 10:34:30 AM »

From this thread, it would seem there is most definitely a market for a hat like this.
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« Reply #21 on: October 16, 2006 10:57:14 AM »

when i opened this and looked at the pictures before reading anything, i was just thinking 'she must be rich'...  then reading how you needed something to wear that was over the top, haha, i think you nailed it. it looks great on you, you have a nice face, not to sound like a dork.
when i think of rich, classy people going to lunches and such, i think fancy hats.
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