Some clearly have no top, others you can't tell.
Here is a link to my Extant Hats board on Pintrest:
I really love up-cycling fabrics for several reasons. One, it is such a period thing to do, especially with hats.
So I found this wonderful chocolate brown linen dress with white geometric embroidery on the hem and collar in a thrift store. The embroidery on the collar had to be sacrificed. Sometimes I can re-purpose a collar as a veil band, but the angle was too sharp and I had to toss it and I was sad.
The skirt was flared but fairly narrow so there was enough to make two hat brims. The embroidery had been added to the garment after it was sewn together so it was on a very gentle curve. And the geometric complex cross motifs are just perfect.
And yeah, I need to start taking 'before' photos. I was excited and grabbed the scissors before I grabbed the camera.
So I cut a pattern for a flared pillbox and decided to try an experiment, which brings me back to the idea of transitional hat styles.
There are some cool images of really sharply flaring pillboxes/halos and I wondered if adding a stiff frame to the top of the hat would give me the profile I was looking for.
This time I cut two different sized crowns, added plastic canvas to them and sewed them onto the two brims that were identical to see how the additional framing changed the shape and to see how much difference a change in size would make.
And as you can see, it made a difference in the profile. You can really see the difference in the shapes but the stiffened tops both do a really good job of holding the shape.
But guess how much difference there is in the size of the tops? The larger one is ONE HALF INCH larger in circumference. Such a huge difference.
Anyway, I really like how they came out and I will definitely make more that have a similar shape.
Etsy: what I listed: Click on the link above an image if you want to go directly to the Etsy listing. There is more general historical info in the description box of each listing.
Brown linen with straighter sides and blue veil
Blue silk brocade with pink silk veil
This piece is in that category and two other hat brims from the same piece are the to-make pile.
Turkish geometric brocade
Embroidered orange silk
I know it is seeming like all-pillboxes-all-the-time but I promise I am making other stuff too. I have a stack of tajs that just need feather aigrettes. But we have a new kitten, so I didn't want to pull out the boxes of feathers and wired bead flowers and such without my husband on hand to cat-wrangle.
But look at this widdle face!
We lost our geriatric orange tabby Roxylena about this time last year and working from home in an empty house has been kind of awful. So Alec brought this little guy home.
His name is 'Timur the Mighty!' (I feel like the exclamation point is a critical part of the name somehow.) Timur was the given name of Tamerlane, Ghengis Khan's given name was Temujin and both mean "iron" with the added connotation of "strong" and "healthy".
We have an old family friend who used to breed Rottweilers whose theory was that any pet will take on the opposite characteristics of the name you give them. Thus, any dog name Sugar or Fluffy will absolutely bite you always and forever. So her big 'scary' dogs had names like Maximilian and Lucretia and she had a cat name Attila and they were all as sweet as they could possibly be.
And Timur is a complete sweetie. So it seems to fit.
But anyway, next week more tajs, tall Ottoman and North Indian Mughal pillboxes and some Indian tunics.
Next post: Bead show loot!