Aside from ill health, the weather has meant a slow down to most things. Freezing cold days (-3c at the moment) and high humidity mean my day job is at a stand still. The builders who are constructing my new kitchen extension are also at a stand still.......so getting back to hats seemed my best option. Particularly as I have a stand at a Vintage fair in just a few weeks!
I found this picture via the web, and although no pattern was available I thought I would try and make the half hat pictured on the right hand side
I then measured out a pattern on grid paper, I guessed from the picture that the hat had to reach at least 7 inches across the crown.
I cut the pattern out in stiff iron on buckram and stretch velour. These were ironed together and then the darts sewn in each side. I then wired the entire edge. This is it so far, and although it sits on a small mannequin, I think I may have to make it slightly smaller next time.
I will continue with this one, and I am planning to decorate the edge with beads and sequins. I will post again when it is finished.