Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Vogue 8052 Hat

ETA: DH took some pics of the hat on his favorite hat model this morning, so I have done some delete, cut, and paste here.

My little retro hat is done. Today is a bad hair, no makeup day so I definitely would not do it justice. It does look cuter on but I find I also need to get a comb and stitch it in the hat so it will stay on a little better.

This was really fun to make. The fabric is an embroidered dupioni from the stash. Yesterday I did the stuffed, wired tubing. The pattern has you do the "double the cord needed and use the uncovered half to pull the fabric over the cord" method. Oh, did I say a 19 gauge wire goes in here at the same time as well? I fiddled and diddled way too long with this and decided to just do it "my way." That way was using a Fasturn tube turner. I had to cut more bias. I was able to stuff the cord and easily turn it at the same time. Then I folded the tip of the wire so it wouldn't be sharp and just easily pushed it up and thru the stuffed tube. Moral? Go for the Fasturn, forget the pattern. I also was a little paranoid before starting it "my way" and decided to stitch the tube a little wider. I didn't get tight firm tubing because of that but what I got worked just fine.
Next the pattern has you cover the wire form. It does suggest a "designer's tip" that to be authentic one might want to sew the cover to the frame. It doesn't offer any alternative so make sure you follow the "Designer Tip". The cover has to be on the bias with center front. That way it can be stretched easily where needed most. I pinned and pinned.
This looks pretty messy but it got much better. First I pinned the cover to the frame. Then I cut it back to about an inch. Then, very important, I basted the cover to the frame. Trimmed again. Then I was able to turn the hem and stitch it to the frame. I would release about 2 inches of basting, roll and whip, then release two more inches.......Next the pattern has you cut out a circle on the center of the attached cover and glue a fabric circle in its place. The reason being? Ya got me. What I decided to do, because I wanted a smooth finish to the top of the hat, was take a circle of fabric, fuse two layers of fusible fleece to the wrong side, and then gather up the edges, yo yo style.














Now I could put the flowers on. I got a silk hydrangea from Joanns. The flowers were pulled off one by one and glue gunned to the hat. Thinking it looked just a little blah, I came up with some shaded organza ribbon. I made leaves out of the ribbon and tucked them here and there into the hat. I think the leaves really add to the finished product. What you see below is the view from above the hat.














DH gave me a wonderful camera a couple of years ago with all the bells and whistles. I only discovered a couple of weeks ago that I have a remote for it. Once I get cleaned up I am anxious to try the remote to take the pictures. I think a bit of manual reading is in order first..........Bunny

19 comments:

  1. This is way too sweet! Do you have an event coming up to wear it? I belong to a sewing group that once a year has a "hat" day, where we dress fit to kill and wear a hat--sometimes have a tea party. I think this hat would be absolutely fit the bill.

    Fabulous! Love it!

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  2. I am very eager to see you model this, Bunny! Looks amazing, beautiful job!!!

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  3. This is for a wedding we will be attending memorial day weekend. It was great fun to make.

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  4. I adore your hat! It is retro, but oh so chic. Perfect for a wedding, too! Thank you for showing us all the steps. That makes me appreciate its beauty, and your talent, even more!

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  5. Oh My God, Bunny. You are something else. I can't imagine even thinking I could make something like this. It is awesome! I read through your post several times -- like reading Greek. I won't be trying this but I'm awed by your talents! Thanks for sharing. Now, we need to see it modeled!
    Cissie

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  6. What a cute hat. What a fun thing to make. Look forward to seeing it on.

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  7. Wow! that is a beautiful hat! It never occurred to me to make one. You are a genius!

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  8. Love, love love the hat!!! You are amazing!!
    Sara

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  9. Have you noticed how many times the word "amazing" appears in comments left for you?! You are AMAZING!!

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  10. Dazzling! A truly vintage hat! I am amazed!

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  11. I remember my Mother making her hats. I was a Jr. Bridesmaid in a rainbow wedding she made the headpieces for.. wired circles with wired leaves all around. I love it. I wish I had it for Easter. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. That hat is gorgeous!!! What a fantastic job!

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  13. Awesome! I LOVE it! The color is beautiful and the hand work just perfect.

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  14. Oh my goodness! It's beautiful.

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  15. Oh I missed this somehow. I love your Easter chapeau. So springy and pretty. You are a woman of many talents.

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  16. It is not only gorgeous and terribly flattering, but I could swear that I saw this hat in a documentary on Jack Kennedy yesterday. Jack and Jackie had just arrived in Paris and were entering a building to see Charles de Gaulle and zap - there was the hat on a very sophisticated Parisienne. Black and white footage - but still!

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  17. ohhh. my God, is wonderful. congratulations. you are an artist in every sense. Tomorrow is organized in Barcelona with a tour hat. is an original holiday and a chance to show off hats.

    greetings, Paco

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