Tuesday, September 2, 2014

HSF14 Challenge #16 - Terminology

Boy, I went back and forth and back again on this challenge.  Initially, I was going to make a cloche.  Then I decided to make the cloche for $10 or less and to make a chemise in cotton voile and/or lawn for Terminology.  Then my cloche tanked badly during construction, so I scrapped the idea until later.  Then, with Dragoncon approaching, I decided I needed more time for my late Edwardian gown, and pushed it back a challenge.  The cotton chemise happened to be yellow as well, so it will be seen for challenge #17, and I was back to the cloche for Terminology!  Whew.

I had an old beaten up felt hat that was purchased so long ago I don't remember why I bought it or how much it cost.  I steamed it and shaped it and tried to beat it into submission, but no matter what I did, I wasn't happy with the shape.
Original hat - it's seen better days

Post steaming

None of my attempt thrilled me.

I pulled out a modern cloche that I bought from Target to show my Husband* to explain what was bothering me.  While not looking very period, the modern cloche had a nice shape and was better material.  The one I was trying to make wasn't fitting my head as nicely.  He asked my why I didn't just use the modern one.  I said I thought it would be cheating to just redecorate a modern hat, and I wasn't sure I was ready to cut it apart.  He asked me when was the last time I wore it.  Since I couldn't come up with an answer, I decided he was on to something.  So I set aside the old hat and started on the new one.  I pulled off the felt bow, opened the brim and found a plastic hat wire. I did not expect that.  I steamed it and reshaped it, and pinned the brim into a more period appropriate shape.  I tried a few different looks, and settled on a very short brim in back, a slightly longer front, and points on either side of the head.  I decorated the hat with some wide crocheted lace, a velvet ribbon, floofy feathers, and a rhinestone brooch.  Not gonna lie, it's mostly glued on, and I stitched the plastic wire back into the brim for shape.  I'm actually really happy with this hat.  It's a fun little cloche and I know it's something I'll wear around.
Original hat

Post steaming 

Shaped  and pinned

And stitched

With lace and velvet


Fabulous feathers

The Challenge: Terminology

Fabric: None
Pattern:  None
Year: 1920something
Notions: Black wool felt hat, black crocheted lace, black velvet ribbon, black feathers, brooch
How historically accurate is it? Erm...in construction, not very.  But I think the look replicated the era rather well.  

Hours to complete: A few hours.  
First worn: Not yet.
Total cost: $20ish, although I can't remember how much the brooch cost

*Shout out to my wonderful Husband who knows nothing about costuming and isn't really interested, but will always listen to me rant or wax enthusiastic about it and offer support and opinions readily.

And the result:

And a little side project I built at the same time to take to Dragoncon:
The corset and the bracers are from my first Cap costume two years ago.  The only new bit is the hooded dress.

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