Check Out My New Website!

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Hi Everyone,

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!

Cheers,

Paula

Photo Credit: Black Box Photography; Hats: What a Great Hat!; Makeup and Hair: Beauty Therapy; Flowers: The Budding Tree

 

 

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!

Hat of the Week

The hat of the week is inspired by fashion from the 1920s. I’m currently creating a hat for a historical costume from the 1920s and wanted to try this shape, since both the crown(top) and brim are traditional 1920s shapes. The costume hat will be made of felt to go with the outfit but I made a prototype in straw to take it for a “test drive.”

Will bring you photos of the final hat when I’m finished with it. In the meantime, enjoy this pretty summer hat and learn more about it in my Etsy Store.

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Vintage Hat Friday

Good morning!

Today’s vintage hat is all about summer. Such pretty, delicate roses and violets are perched on the wavy brim of this garden-inspired beauty. It does not have a designer label and it’s completely stitched by hand, including the grosgrain ribbon edge. I’m guessing 1950s or early ’60s. It’s available in my Etsy store.

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In-Studio Perspectives

This week’s post is about a styled shoot I participated in yesterday. It was a lot of fun to be involved in the “organized chaos” and to see my hats on such fabulous models. Check out the hair, makeup, costumes, flowers, staging…so very cool.

The theme is “Chasing Alice,” a fantasy wonderland-inspired wedding. I will post some of the professional photos taken by Black Box Photography in the near future. In the meantime, I attempted to capture the spirit of the session with my iPhone that I share with you now.

Lots of hands on deck helping to style and organize

Lots of hands on deck helping to style and organize

The table is set for tea

The table is set for tea

The Mad Hare

The Mad Hare

The bride...with Twiddledum and Twiddledee in the background.

The bride…with Twiddledum and Twiddledee in the background.

Vintage Hat Friday

Does this hat crack you up as much as it does me? If I ever wore this hat in public (highly doubtful, BTW) I wouldn’t be able to keep a straight face. It doesn’t have a designer label but is definitely 1960s/early 1970s and was purchased at Bonwit Teller. The original tag is still attached and it sold for $15. It’s for sale in my Etsy shop for a song if you’re interested.

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