Challenge Completed: Edwardian Hat, 1908-Style.

THE HISTORICAL SEW FORTNIGHTLY CHALLENGE

Note: For the purpose of the Historical Sew Fortnightly, ‘historical’ means 75 years or older, so pre-1938.

The Challenge:  #18: Re-make, Re-use & Re-fashiondue September 9.  Sew something that pays homage to the historical idea of re-using, re-making and re-fashioning.  Turn one thing into another.  Re-fit or re-fashion an old gown into something you would wear again.  Re-trim a hat for a new outfit, or re-shape a modern hat to be a historical hat.  Re-purpose the fabric from an old garment (your own or a commercial one) into a new garment.

Fabric: Contemporary black base hat (à la “Kentucky Derby”) made of straw and net, with ginormous shiny black plastic net bow, a huge milliners’ black rose in the center of the bow, and the black feathers.

base hat "before"

Base hat “before” – from the same maker. This one has green plastic netting instead of black.

"before"

Base hat “before” – I also started with the striped coq feathers already on the crown.


Pattern: Inspired by fashion plates, sketches and period photographs.

However, I personally draw the line at whole, dead, stuffed birds.

Personally, I draw the line at whole, dead, stuffed birds. <Shudder>

Year:  1908, Autumn

Notions: Thread, hot glue, glue, lots of vintage millinery wire. Band-Aids. Antique and vintage millinery supplies, consisting of coq feathers, pheasant feathers, turkey feathers, hand-made Italian straw flowers and sprays, tinted glass berries, silk and fabric thistle heads, textured tiny pink berries, cotton-and-wire floral sprays.

How historically accurate is it? Very reasonably so, considering the difficulty in finding antique, period millinery supplies.

Hours to complete: I’d started this before entering the challenge, so I don’t have an accurate record…best guess is approximately 9 – 10 hours total (removing original decoration, preparing hat base, affixing decorative items)…I had to use wire clippers to cut through lava flows of hot glue and strip off all the black plastic netting in little pieces.

First worn: Not yet worn

Total cost: Approximately $130.00, including base hat and vintage supplies.

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ACCESSORIZING HEAD-TO-TOE CHALLENGE

The Challenge: Hatsdue in September 2013. Most every historical era before the 1960s had lots of hats. They complete the outfit. Make one from scratch or buy one to reshape & trim out.

The Accessory:  An Edwardian-style hat.

Historical Period:  1908, Autumn

Style of Outfit It Accessorizes:   

Edwardian dresses "suitable for the working woman."

Edwardian dresses “suitable for the working woman.”

1908

1908: S-curve is in fashion

Materials Used:  Thread, hot glue, glue, lots of vintage millinery wire. Band-Aids. Antique and vintage millinery supplies, consisting of coq feathers, pheasant feathers, turkey feathers, hand-made Italian straw flowers and sprays, tinted glass berries, silk and fabric thistle heads, textured tiny pink berries, cotton-and-wire floral sprays.

Techniques Used:  Thread, hot glue, glue, lots of vintage millinery wire. Intermittent removal of feathers hot-glued to fingers.

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