Friday 25 February 2011

Liberty Lovely

I just love Liberty prints, they are so pretty and super fine. This blocked straw beret which was part of an earlier post has now been finished and trimmed with a liberty print flower and small quill.
To make the cotton hold it's shape I brushed it with a fabric stiffner and then when dry curled it with hot irons.
Once it was stiffened I then oversewed the edges in pink thread.
I have also used the same fabric to edge the inner side of the beret and then added a comb which I have bound with organza ribbon.
All you need is somewhere to go.!!

Tuesday 15 February 2011

Linen and Lace

After finding this pretty piece of net/lace fabric I have made a clutch bag by backing it with interfaced linen. This gives it a firm platform to sit on and makes it possible to use as a bag.
It is only small but you would get lipstick, keys and a little money with room to spare.
The cocktail hat is given form by using brim reed which is a light plastic wire and allows you to manipulate lighter fabrics into firm structures.
I also made a made corsage by pleating the net and cutting away small areas around the edge, before securing the center with beading in the same way as the hat.
This has a pretty feminine look and could be used for weddings or the races.
It's just a shame it didn't come in any other colours.! I'll keep looking you never know what you might find when fabric hunting.


Wednesday 9 February 2011

Spring Colours

I am very busy blocking crowns and brims in lots of lovely spring colours which is a breath of fresh air from all the darker winter tones.
The pink hat will become a straw beret,there's a couple of pill box shapes a large lilac brim which I will cut into an unusual shape.
There is also a pill box shape blocked out of window sinamay, very light to wear.
To construct the hats you work on the brim first then attach the crown.
Simple as that sounds it can take quite a few hours, so I better go and get cracking.

Tuesday 1 February 2011

Pink hat and cupcakes

Bridal shoots always look great and this one is no exception. Courtesy of Shelly at Toast here you see a very British 1960's wedding.
I made the pink felt hat which was very bright but perfect for the photographs, and even though it was a cold January day there was nothing dull about this wedding.
From the bouquet to the cupcakes it all looked fab.

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