I have been envious of all the lovely ladies' hats I see out there in the steampunk world, and that I see in all the old Victorian catalogues and photographs. However, I don't have the money to spend on purchasing a plethora of hats, nor the funds and time to embark on learning hat-making, which is far more career than hobby - needing hatblocks, felts, and a skillset requiring training and time to learn. So I determined to decorate existing hats - either thrifted hats or decent costume hats. My job is made harder by the fact that many inexpensive hats sold for costuming are unspeakably cheap-looking (I'm thinking of those minihats that look like they're made out of paper).
I have decorated the one hat, as shown in an earlier post, but I wanted to show here what I was able to do with 2 entirely different hats, one a cheap costume hat and one a quality hat found at a second-hand store.
Hat Number One - Cheap Costume Hat to Smart
I started with this $13 costume hat from Dressew in Vancouver.
And this assortment of ribbons etc.
I played with a few ideas.
Next article will be on Hat # 2, which I made the same evening as this hat.