Fedora Made Feminine

While many of us think of a fedora as menswear, it’s fun to mix it up and create a feminine take on a classic menswear look.

I hand dyed this dark blue and camel straw early this year and purposely let the blue bleed into the camel color. When I was ready to block the hat into a shape, I decided on a fedora style because I liked the idea of the organic shape the dye created in contrast with the structured shape of a fedora.

Now this is not a classic fedora with a pinched crown; this one has an asymmetrical dip on the side. And I left the brim a bit longer on one side for additional asymmetry. It’s edged in navy silk with a silk band and bow.

I had fun mixing up masculine and feminine in this one of a kind hat.

Be sure to wear a hat this weekend for all of your outside activities! Hope you have a meaningful Memorial Day weekend.

 

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The Royal Wedding, what else?

All eyes (ok, maybe not all, but a lot) are going to be focused on the upcoming wedding of Megan Markle and Price Harry this Saturday. What designer will she be wearing? Will she wear a traditional veil?

I have heard from several friends and customers (some of which have purchased a hat for the wedding, even if they are viewing it in their homes) that they are having a proper tea and hat event to celebrate. Sounds like a great excuse to wear a hat or fascinator to me!

Ms. Markle looks great in hats. I wonder if she will embrace hat wearing as much as Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge. What do you think? Are you planning on watching the royal wedding?

The British Royal family arrive at Sandringham to celebrate Christmas Day Featuring: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Where: Sandringham, United Kingdom When: 25 Dec 2017 Credit: Ward/WENN.com ORG XMIT: wenn33520376

What a Great Hat on New Day Cleveland

It’s always fun to talk about hats! I was recently on New Day Cleveland to talk about Kentucky Derby Hats, which are such an integral part of the Derby experience.

There are a few ads at the beginning of the clip so please be patient! The entire clip is less than five minutes. Please click on the link below to see my segment.

Kentucky Derby Hats!

One correction…(I guess I was nervous!)…I was one of three hundred milliners from 68 countries in The Great Hat Exhibition, not one of 67 milliners. And the host, Natalie, threw me for a loop with the question about where I get my hats. I must have looked like a deer in the headlights! But she steered me back on course gracefully. Always fun to “be on set,” and work with the wonderful professionals onscreen and behind the cameras at Fox8 Cleveland.

Custom Hat For Preakness

Custom Race Wear – Preakness

It all started with a skirt. A really great skirt that’s perfect for a horse race. My customer wanted a hat to go with it that had a touch of whimsy and a lot of impact.

The biggest challenge was to dye the parasisal straw to coordinate with the pretty pear green in the skirt. Through trial and error, I was able to come up with a color that worked great. From there it was a matter of pulling in the other colors of the skirt, including a terra cotta riding pant on the women featured on the skirt. Fortunately, I had a ribbon that was woven with terra cotta one way and green the other for a perfect complement. Dotted netting, black, white and green feathers, a custom made silk and striped band and dotted ribbon finishes the look.

An added bonus: the hat looks great worn as intended with the embellishment on the right as well as turning it around and wearing the embellishment on the left. Such a fun and colorful ensemble!

What a Great Hat to Participate in the Great Hat Exhibition in London March 22 – 28, 2018

 

I’m pleased to announce that my fascinator has been selected to be included in The Great Hat Exhibition in London at the end of March. It joins more than 300 hats and fascinators from 37 countries.

My piece was inspired by volcanoes, swirling hot lava and fire. It has a sinamay base and is topped with sinamay and feather “flames,” and swirls of crinoline.

If you’re in London March 22 – 28, stop in and see this fabulous exhibition and be sure to take pictures for me since I won’t be there in person.

The exhibition is a part of London Hat Week. The Great Hat Exhibition 2018 organizer is X Terrace Fashion Platform.  Tickets are available through the X Terrace website. 

Make a Fascinator Workshop

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Anyone can learn to make a fascinator!

Join me at the What a Great Hat studio in Fairlawn, Ohio on Saturday, February 6, 2016 or Saturday, February 7, 2016 from 10 am – 2 pm and learn to make a fascinator that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day or any special occasion. You’ll learn how to make petals that cover a circular straw base, a feather bundle and gathered netting to create a whimsical and unique headpiece.

All materials and instruction are included in the fee of $85 per person. Preregistration and payment are required before attending. Basic sewing skills are helpful but not required.

If you would like to attend, please contact me at whatagreathat@gmail.com or 330-592-2295. Preregistration and payment are required.

Blocking a Wool Felt Hat Workshop

Creating a hat with two hands and your imagination is rewarding and fun. Three students recently completed the Basic Wool Felt Hat Blocking workshop at What a Great Hat! Each completed a hat from start to finish in the two-day class. The hats were completely hand blocked and hands sewn for a true couture experience. Well done everyone!

2016 kicks off a workshop a month at the What a Great Hat studio. Next up is how to make a Valentine’s Day fascinator on February 6 and then How to Embellish a Kentucky Derby Hat on April 2. Please email Paula at whatagreathat@gmail.com for details or to sign up. Happy hat-making!