…and I dunked it in some water for a while. The I flattened the crown so it wasn’t sticking up so high and waited for it to dry. Then I tried to paint it black. But, I didn’t have enough paint so I went to the store and bought more. Alas, it wasn’t black, it was a slate grey. So back to a different store because I know the first didn’t have black. That was the most drawn out part of the whole process, let me tell you!
Once the paint dried I hauled out every lace ribbon and do dad I had in black and I toyed with some ideas. I had miles of a synthetic lace that someone gave me and decided it would do. Starting at the brim, I hot glued the lace round and round until I reached the top. I took a shorter bit of lace and tied it into a bow and glued that on at the curve between the brim and the crown. Then I hot glued little black silk flowers randomly around. This part took the least amount of time but was the most fun.
This black is a light sucking black so it is a bit hard to see in the photo but I think you get the idea. So just the facts.
The Challenge: 18
Pattern: my own
Notions: straw hat, synthetic lace, fabric flowers, hot glue, acrylic paint
How historically accurate is it? The synthetic lace, flowers and hot glue-well not so much. I’m not sure about the paint. The shape of the hat and being made of straw is pretty good. So 50%
Hours to complete: Including all of the driving trying to find the paint, about 6
First worn: Just for this photo
Total cost: $10 (most of that was paint).