I bought all my materials from the wonderful Edinburgh Fabrics, they have such a huge selection it's really difficult to choose. Initially I was very keen to use turquoise or peacock blue but I found some black and silver lace that was just asking to come home with me and be part of this hat! After trying the lace over various fabrics I found that it looked best over a deep shiny pink ~ the blues looked very dull under the lace. The one I chose was crepe backed satin and it's lovely to feel and to work with.
The body of the hat is made from buckram shaped over a wood head block. Here are photos of the hat in progress ~ sewing the fabric to the brim and sewing the binding on.
I stayed with the design shown the in the last blog post. With the theme of Dangerous Dames I thought that my dame would need to have her hands free at all times so would keep all her accoutrements in her hat band instead of carrying a handbag.
In her hat band are cigarettes which I made from silk; a matchbook made from card 'from The Gin Palace' with cardboard matches that I dabbed on one end with red nail varnish; a hand made address and phone numbers book - in which I added numbers such as 'Jim the Hat' and 'Fred the Fixer'; a small perfume vial (or is it??!!!); money; a nail file; a syringe (it used to be a pen!); a key; a long cigarette holder - I bought this for £1, painted and stamped it and made a silk cigarette for it, I poked some wool in the end and burnt it so it resembles ash.
Leaving the top partly open (perhaps to hide a weapon?) was a nice idea but firstly it would have been far too difficult to do properly, and secondly I didn't think it needed it in the end.
So here is the finished hat: