The HSM challenge for the month March was Stashbusting. Like almost every costumer I know, I have a ton of accumulated stuff.....bits of fabric that was perfect or cheap or maybe a bit of trim that was too much to throw away but too little for most projects. Stashbusting is a good thing and something I need to do far more often as my stash is embarrassingly large. In searching through my stuff I found a lovely piece of dupioni silk in forest green. This piece has been in my stash for years and is too small for anything other than a hat or a purse. I have been in need of a new Regency hat so I decided on a quick Regency hat for my stash project. Going through the rest of my stash, I found buckram, millinery wire, flannel, gold buttons, gold and green trim, a small piece of gold ribbon, green glass bead trim and forest green thread. This project came entirely from my stash at hand.
My inspirations for the shape were the Quickie Capote by Jen Thompson of Festive Attyre and the fashion plates webbed by Ginger from Scene in the Past on her flickr page. However, I did make most of my hat up rather than copy any thing exactly simply based on personal preference.
Basically, I played around with paper until I got a brim shape and size I liked the look of. Once I had the size, I cut the brim out of 2 layers of millinery buckram and then machine stitched wire around the entire brim.
At this point I held the brim up to my head and measured the distance around the back of my head not covered by the brim. For me this was 7 inches. I needed this measurement to cut a small piece of the silk that could be used to bind the edge of the gathered back of the hat that would not be hidden by the brim. I cut an 8 inch (1/2 inch added to each side for seam allowance) strip 2 inches wide to bind the back of the hat.
The hat is decorated with some stash buttons and stash trim. All the decorations are handstitched onto the hat. Although I needed lots of room for my hair, I felt the back of the hat could use some structure. I took inspiration from Jen Thompson's Quickie Capote and gathered the very center of my big circle of fabric to make pleats. I covered this gather with a button from my stash.
The Challenge: Stashbusting
Fabric: green silk dupioni, white cotton muslin and cotton flannel
Year: early 19th century Regency
Notions: thread, buttons, antique glass beaded trim, gold ribbon, gold and green braided trim, millinery buckram, millinery wire
How historically accurate is it? Maybe 70%? I made up the pattern and it is more likely historically inspired rather than historically accurate. Also, I am not sure if this grade of silk would have been used in the Regency period.
Hours to complete: 15
First worn: not yet
Total cost: None, all of this was from my stash.
Stashed for how long? The trim and fabric have been stashed for at least 8 years. The buttons are part of of a button stash passed onto me by my mother-in-law 16 years ago, so I have no idea how old they are!