HSM #7 – The Edwardian Summer Hat is Done. This Time for Sure!

I should be banned from having bright ideas at the last minute because they usually cause nothing but trouble. This one certainly did, but I think taking time to cover the coarsely woven brim with vintage lace made all the difference. So I’m a couple of day late…but it was worth it.

"Shades of 1912" Edwardian style summer hat, right side view.

“Shades of 1912” Edwardian style summer hat, right side view.

The Challenge: Accessorize – The final touch of the right accessory creates the perfect period look.  Bring an outfit together by creating an accessory to go with your historical wardrobe.

The Project: 1912 Edwardian Summer Hat (for SITU-Seattle’s rapidly approaching “Dunnton Abbey” Picnic)

Title: Shades of 1912

Fabric: none

Pattern: none

Year: 1912

Notions: White straw hat from thrift shop, satin blanket binding, fabric flowers and leaves, needle and thread, FrayCheck and permanent glue, dyed ostrich feather, millinery wire, vintage crocheted lace for the brim.

How historically accurate is it? Pretty close. I modeled it after images of extant 1912 hats. However, the flowers and leaves are all contemporary. I used some permanent glue, although not a hot glue gun, for the larger pieces. I used FrayCheck to keep the cut ends of the crocheted lace from fraying. But the bulk of the items were hand-wired into place. The vintage crocheted lace around the brim was initially secured with glue dots, then hand sewn.

Hours to complete: I didn’t keep a close eye on the clock, but I’d say approximately 22-24 hours.

First worn: Will be worn for the first time on August 8th at SITU-Seattle’s “Dunnton Abbey” Picnic.

Total cost: $8 for the hat, $4 for the satin blanket binding (for the hat band), $4 for the millinery wire and about $30 for the flowers and leaves. Glue, thread and feather already in the millinery stash. So just under $50…if I don’t count my time.

Note: the mannequin’s head circumference is 21 inches, whereas the circumference of my head is 23.25 inches. As a result, even with a skein of knitting yarn tucked into the crown the hat sits a bit oddly and looks wildly disproportionate. It looks better on, and I’ll be posting photos of the hat and the dress (from HSM#8) in action after the upcoming Edwardian Picnic event.

Left side front.

Left side front.

Left side.

Left side.

Back.

Back.

Front.

Front.

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