1787 Tall Crown Hat, 18th century, projects

The Basic Hat Is Done!

I did realize that I forgot to glue crin tape on the edges, over the millinery wire.  oops!  I realized this after I’d mulled and put on the fabric cover, so no going back now!  Luckily I can’t see any rough edges, so I’m hoping it won’t matter.

Now I’ve got to decide on trim — it looks like a lot of these stripey huge hats only have a bit of flowers on them (makes sense, as visually it’s very loud).  But I do still like the contrast with the green ribbon on the red & white stripey hat fashion plate, so I’m going to poke around and see if I can find something that will work.  Solid, definitely, as this is already pretty over the top!

Also, I love millinery!  This is making me want to get back onto my Edwardian suit, just so I can make the hat…

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  • Reply Trystan January 20, 2010 at 1:03 am


  • Reply aimee January 20, 2010 at 1:17 am


  • Reply Lindsey Eastman January 20, 2010 at 1:21 am

    It’s so pretty I want to eat it!

  • Reply Heileen January 20, 2010 at 1:22 am

    Aaaaaaahhhhh ! yout my new hero !! I have wanted to do this for years (since I began 18th century clothing) and never had the dare.

    So pretty and chic !

  • Reply vanityfairy January 20, 2010 at 9:21 am

    This is just to yummy!!!
    I want candy!

  • Reply Bunny January 20, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Go stripey!

  • Reply Sarah January 22, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    I Love the fact that you included the wig in the photo. What’s your source for buying wire etc?

  • Reply Kendra January 22, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Hey Sarah – I’ve bought mine locally at Lacis in Berkeley (probably paying more for it than if I mail ordered? Dunno). Judith M is an online store I’ve been meaning to check out…

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