Hat of the Week

Hello hat lovers!

I just finished this dramatic hat for a fashion show in Alliance this coming Sunday. The free-form brim makes a unique style statement. Coupled with the fabulous feathers and handmade silk flower, it’s a real show-stopper. Is this your next Kentucky Derby hat?

Left side

Left side

Front

Front

Left front

Left front

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In-Studio Perspectives

You know how much I love a good Kentucky Derby hat! Every year I submit a hat to the Kentucky Derby Museum’s annual contest. This year’s entry is hand blocked with a hand-sewn silk band around the brim edge.I made the polka-dot sinamay extensions the same way, attached them to the crown, and topped it all off with an oversize rose and hand-cut red feathers.

If selected, the hat will be on display in the museum for a year. I have been fortunate to have had a hat selected for display each of the past four years. Here’s this year’s entry…wish me luck!

Hat by Paula Singleton of What a Great Hat

Hat by Paula Singleton of What a Great Hat

 

Style Monday

Well, we’re in the home stretch. The Kentucky Derby is this Saturday, May 3 and the hats, dresses and heels are in the starting gate and ready to run for the roses.

You know that the cloche is my favorite hat. This pretty Derby-goer knows how to pair it with a pretty floral dress, proving that a small hat can create a special look in a different way than its larger-brimmed sister. Fresh and pretty!

Small KD hat

Style Monday

I recently came across this photo showing fashion from Australia’s Dubai Cup, sort of our version of the Kentucky Derby. Many of the women in the photos are wearing large fascinators. Now, I’m not one to bash a good hat. But fascinators certainly are having their moment in the sun. For more great Australian fashion, click here. And to see more of my fascinators, click here. Fabulous!

Racing Fashion, Australia

Racing Fashion, Australia

In-Studio Perspectives

After last Friday’s pretty vintage hat photo, I decided to make a modern version of the hat that was pictured. This one is a similar shape, but it’s blocked from a single piece of straw so the crown is smooth rather than sectioned. And as much as I love vintage lace, it must be used wisely so that it doesn’t create a look that’s dated. Instead of covering the brim with lace, I opted to use a bit of dotted net to add whimsy and texture. The bow and band are made from a vintage tone-on-tone damask fabric and I couldn’t help adding a few fun feathers. Retro with a modern twist! This hat is available in my Etsy shop.

Blue wide brim cloche

Blue wide brim cloche

Another Kentucky Derby Hat

Here’s another fabulous Kentucky Derby hat in shades of cafe-au-lait and cream. It’s hand blocked and sewn – the marks of a well-made hat. Dreamy satin ribbon and vintage dotted trim add a splash of luxury and vintage feathers provide a touch of whimsy. Lovely and sophisticated!

Cafe au Lait wide brim Kentucky Derby Hat