Sunday 26 August 2012

Nappa Leather Cocktail Hat

Last week a lovely lady called Helen came to join in all the sewing activity in the workroom. She was keen to make something with a vintage feel and so I set her to work with some lovely nappa leather, veiling, freshwater pearls and silk.
Although a little challenging at times, she soon got the hang of some millinery trickery and here is the finished piece. Great job don't you think.? Next week it will be a different set of ingredients.! Then she will be back to university to finish her BA but intends to visit us again when she has more time.

Thursday 23 August 2012

The Macmillan Coffee Mug Hat


After holding a Macmillan Coffee morning last year I really wanted to try and help much more this time as a very close friend had lost her husband to Prostate cancer in January leaving two wonderful little boys. So I asked the Macmillan team if they thought a hat might cause a few raised eyebrows and hopefully a few extra raised coffee mugs.
Viki who works as a fund raising manager in Calderdale for Macmillan came to visit me at the shop and together we hatched a plan. Last Saturday I went along to a Macmillan event where actress Lucy Jo Hudson kindly modelled the hat for us.Hopefully you will see Lucy and the coffee mug hat in quite a few newspapers leading up to the September events. Below you will see the making of the coffee mug hat with it's fresh coffee bean trim.I will be hosting another coffee morning on Friday the 28th Sept here in the workroom at the hat shop, so pop in for coffee if you live close enough, but you can really help by just popping on your kettle and inviting a few friends for coffee. Contact Macmillan and ask them how.


Saturday 18 August 2012

Bridal silk Emeralds and sparkle

I was so happy today as the sun shone very brightly for the bride wearing this emerald beaded silk headpiece.
Her dress was a sheath of emerald satin backed silk 1930's style, the beads were a perfect match and I have sewn them onto the silk cap to create a brooch. Little swarovski crystals in between and on the veil gave it just the right amount of sparkle.The cap I made from sinamay then covered with a smooth ivory silk.
Can't wait to see the wedding pictures.

Thursday 9 August 2012

Cool Cotton and Linen Hats

This lovely embroidered red striped cotton cloth seemed perfect for my latest cap pattern which I have made for several ladies already. Some for golf, some for walking holidays and others just because they loved it.
 It has a tapered crown which makes it feminine and a curved back seam so it hugs the head and allows for hair to be tucked inside, it shades the sun from your face with a wide but slim peak is easy to pack and perfect with your jeans. I think it might look good in winter fabrics too but I'm trying not to think about those quite yet.!
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