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!

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In-Studio Perspectives

It took me all week, but I finally got on a roll last Friday. I just ordered these straw hoods and love the black and tan weave. They’re fun to block and so I went to town using my hat blocks and also some free-form sculpting. These are still in progress so you can’t really tell what they’ll end up looking like but stay tuned to my Facebook page (click here to “like” What a Great Hat if you haven’t already!) to see the results. A sneak peek at one of the cloches is found below. Fun, fun, fun.

Straw hats in progress by What a Great Hat

Straw hats in progress by What a Great Hat

Straw cloche with rolled band by What a Great Hat

Straw cloche with rolled band by What a Great Hat

 

 

Having Fun with Cast-off T-Shirts

I went Goodwill hunting yesterday with my friend, Nancy. She found a really cute T-shirt that had a cool lace-up detail on one shoulder and a nice stud detail around the neck. It also has some pretty sparkles on the front. The shirt came home with me for a wash first then today I used it (along with other knits and remnants) to create another slouchy beret and scarf combo. Being a blue-jean person, I appreciate the gray and blue hues and the casual yet girly nature of this duo. The stud detail is now prominent on the hat and the lace-up is featured in the scarf. The sparkles will find their way into an upcoming project.

Blue and Gray upcycled T-Shirt Hat and Scarf

Blue and Gray upcycled T-Shirt Hat and Scarf