I had a damaged sisal hood I'd bought at a sale a while back (very similar to this one) that was the perfect off-white color so I decided to block it into the right shape. Not having anything else around that was the right shape I decided to use, you guessed it, a flowerpot! I poured hot water over the hood to soften it, pulled it down over a saran-wrap covered flower pot, put a rubber band around the bottom and set it in the sun to dry.
Once it was dry I cut the crown away from the brim. The brim wasn't quite the right shape so I cut it down then hand stitched the two together. I wired the brim by zigzag stitching millinery wire to the edge then folded the edge over and stitched it down.
I stitched some lace to the underside of the brim, added a white (tripled) ostrich feather and a little blue feathered "pick" from Michael's crafts then covered the join of the brim and crown with some vintage navy blue ribbon. I found two cute little gold-colored crab findings in my stash and thought it might be a fun touch to add to the hat too.
The Challenge: Challenge #7 Tops and toes: Seaside Bustle Flowerpot Hat
Fabric: Sisal hood
Notions: Thread, millinery wire, wide silk ribbon, lace, crab finding and feathers
How historically accurate is it? Somewhat? I don't really know how in that time period a hat like this was made but the materials I used could all have been used at the time.
Hours to complete: Maybe 6? It took a while for the crown to dry all the way.
First worn: Not yet but there's a picnic on the horizon...
Total cost: Everything came from the stash so...?