Today I finished my Lady Tremaine hat!
The hat is made of two layers of sinamay with one layer of organza sandwiched inside. My friend Lynne, who made my beautiful 1840s bonnet, helped greatly with the patterning of the brim and loaned me a wooden hat block.
Behold, awkward bathroom selfies!
The hat brim is bound with bias trim I made from velveteen. The same fabric is used for a band around the bottom of the crown. I upcycled the crown from a wool felt hat I no longer wanted.
I took some liberties when it came to the exact placement of the flowers and birds, and the type of flowers. The flowers are made from heat-transfer flocking, like the flowers on my skirt.
The only black birds I could find in the craft store were large Halloween ravens, so I bought smaller birds and spray-painted them black using Krylon Hobby/Craft paint in gloss black.
I don’t have pictures of the process, but the general steps were:
- Make a cardboard pattern for the brim.
- Cut out 2 layers of sinamay and 1 layer organza according to the brim and pin together.
- Sew rayon-covered millinery wire to the edge of the brim.
- Bind the edge of the brim with velveteen bias.
- Cut and apply floral appliques.
- Cut out center head opening and make tabs.
- Sew the crown to the tabs.
- Add grosgrain hat band to inside crown.
- Add velvet band outside crown.
- Trim with birds and feathers.
Supply costs (including Amazon affiliate links):
- 2 yards sinamay: $25 (from Judith M Millinery)
- 3 yards millinery wire: $2.85 (from Judith M)
- Shipping: $8.10 (from Judith M)
- 1 roll black heat transfer flocking: $15.32 (including tax from Amazon)
- 1 small can Krylon spray paint: $2.42 (including tax, with coupon from Michael’s)
- black ostrich feathers: $8.20 (from Amazon)
- 2 fake birds: $6.15 (including tax, with coupon from Michael’s)
- Wool hat for crown: $9.52 (from Amazon)
- vintage veiling: $0 (gift from Lynne)
- velveteen scraps: $0 (gift from Lynne)
It’s not exactly an inexpensive hat, but much nicer than the plain black straw hats I was considering at first, and much cheaper than the $300 Kentucky Derby hats I kept seeing when searching for large sinamay hats!
I look forward to wearing this hat with the rest of my Lady Tremaine ensemble at Costume College this year.