So a little while ago my friend Chantal came over and taught me how to magically turn a placemat into an 18th C straw hat. I got my hat about 1/2 way done then it languished for a bit. I finally sewed the ties on under the brim and officially finished it the other day - and I'm so happy with how it turned out!
The Challenge: Protection - from the sun!
Materials: Straw, silk taffeta, buckram
Notions: Millinery wire, thread, wired sheer ribbon, pleated lace, ostrich feathers and red silk ribbon ties.
How historically accurate is it? Fairly accurate design-wise, but not accurate in construction as I machine sewed the millinery wire on and the straw is a modern placemat!
Hours to complete: about 4?
First worn: Not yet! Total cost: In addition to the placemat base, which my friend Chantal gave me, everything else were little bits of ribbon, lace and fabric from my stash. I was so happy to finally find the perfect use for some pleated lace my friend Jenny-Rose gave me ages ago!
Want to know how to make your own hat? Keep your eyes pealed for an article by Chantal in Your Wardrobe Unlock'd a few months from now.