Saturday, March 31, 2012

Day 10

The "draped" fabric cocktail hat
   So the class is done :(
Yesterday I finished up the lining for the little cocktail hat.  All that's left for that is to add an elastic band so it can actually be worn (rather than balanced) on the head.
Top view of the cocktail hat

The impressive inside of the cocktail hat
 At the beginning of class, though, I blocked another felt hat, this one in black.  I decided that I wanted to try one of the funky vintage blocks.  It's definitely a little odd, but I think that it could work... 

The funky felt hat I decided to make

While waiting for the felt to dry and after I had finished the cocktail hat, I worked on making another rose from the extra silk lining.  I spray starched it a couple of times to make it less floppy and cut out all of these petals (15 in 5 different sizes).  I didn't get it finished, though, so no pictures for you.  It could be a fun plane activity.
Cutting out petals for a silk rose
 I'm a little sad about the end of class, but I'm looking forward to the fun things we're going to be doing before we leave (today there's a chocolate festival).  On Monday we're going to Luton, which is historically a hat town and still has a lot of millinery supply shops, a museum stocked with hundreds of vintage hats, a hat block manufacturer (possibly I'll be coming home with one?), and pretty much nothing for my poor husband to do.  Luckily, he's patient.  I'm going to try to get some pictures up of some of the hats you didn't see finished up, but for now, I leave you with a picture of Kensington Gardens in the morning fog:

A foggy park in the morning

3 comments:

Millinerista, Couture Milliner said...

Hi, I'm fascinated by your blog. Which teacher did you go to in London? I have been doing millinery for 2 years and am very impressed with your hats :)
In all your blogs you don't say where you come from. You can see my blog www.millinerista.blogspot.com

Maren said...

Hi Millinerista!
Your hats are great! The classes I took were at London College of Fashion and the instructor I had was Jessica Broas (she was awesome!). Currently I'm in Nashville, TN :)

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