Below is the finished product. Click Here to see it on my website.
Special thanks to Natalie and the crew from Fox8 Cleveland for featuring What a Great Hat in their New Day Cleveland Fairlawn/Copley Road trip show. I always enjoy time spent with these professionals and of course never get tired talking about hats! Click here to see my segment.
I recently sent some hats to Susie at Southern_Classy_and_Fabulous (check out her IG Page!) and she did a GREAT job of styling them with things that were already in her wardrobe. While I never mind buying a new outfit or coat to go with a hat, it’s always nice when you can shop your own closet.
Please take a moment to visit her blog, see and read all about how she styled five of my hats and follow her adventures in fashion.
These hats and more are available on my website. Now through March 2, 2019, use the promo code CLASSY25 to receive $25 off any hat on the website!
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.
Be sure to wear a hat this weekend for all of your outside activities! Hope you have a meaningful Memorial Day weekend.
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.
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.
I was recently contacted about partnering with the Ohio Lottery and their InspiredOH campaign to share the story of What a Great Hat. I’m lucky to be an inspired Ohioan and to have the opportunity to talk about my business and creative process.
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!
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.
I have been working diligently on a new website that gives me more flexibility and allows me to procrastinate without putting other people up against my last minute deadlines :o)
Here’s a link to the new site. The URL is the same – www.whatagreathat.com
I would sincerely like to hear any comments you may have, negative or positive. I will be adding items to the online store daily so rest assured that there’s much more to come on that front. But otherwise the site is more or less finished with the exception of some minor tweaks.
I value your input!
Photo Credit: Black Box Photography; Hats: What a Great Hat!; Makeup and Hair: Beauty Therapy; Flowers: The Budding Tree