Hat of the Week

turban5Good morning!

I’ve been kind of obsessed with turbans lately. I love to make them but they’re completely hand stitched and very labor intensive. If only I could streamline the process…

Then I remembered my vintage pattern collection and found this one. I have modified the pattern and sewed it on the machine. I love the vintage fabric…but I’ll try a fabric that’s less busy for the next one. What do you think? Would you wear this?



Style Monday

Good morning!

I love a great turban and this one is fabulous. Here’s a link to A Stairway to Fashion‘s blog (where I first saw this photo) that includes even more turban images. Love the mix of fabrics and colors. It proves that the hat doesn’t need to match, it needs to “go with.” Enjoy!

Turban black and white

In-Studio Perspectives

One of the most rewarding hats to make is the turban. It had never gone out of style, but it’s a style that not everyone is comfortable wearing. The fabric draping on the turban is done on the bias. Draping sometimes takes on a life of its own as the material almost comes alive with its unique personality.

I had the pleasure of making a silk turban recently as a custom order. The hat was purchased by a young woman who loves hats, style, and has the confidence to wear it beautifully. Here’s the finished piece.

turban a

turban c

turban b



Silk Turban Project

As many of you know, I’m finishing up my millinery studies at Virginia Marti College of Art and Design (only three classes left until I achieve my certificate!). I wanted to make another turban so that I could finesse my draping skills. I had this bold, beautiful red┬ásilk on hand and thought its strong pattern would add another challenge. Here’s the result.