Brown velour felt button hat, trimmed with a leopard print flying bow.
This one of a kind hat has been made using a reclaimed vintage hat from the 1970s. The leopard print decoration is made from melusine felt offcuts, “de-stashed” by another milliner.
Both velour and melusine felts feature added rabbit fur which adds texture and fabulous finish.
Velour mimics the finish of velvet fabric, whilst melusine felt features a very long pile, similar to very soft pony skin effect. Both are incredibly tactile.
As with all my occasion hats, I made this elegant piece by hand, using traditional millinery techniques. For this particular hat, I have hand-blocked and almost entirely handsewn the piece, save for a small amount of machine stitching to the lining.
I have fully lined the hat with a coordinating caramel gold silk dupion, and trimmed with a matching petersham ribbon.
Dimensions of Hat
- Width: approximately 17cm (6.5 inches)
- Height: approximately 4 cm (1.5 inches)
- Circumference: approximately 50cm (19.5 inches)
At its tallest point, the felt bow adds approximately 10cm (2 inches) extra in height to the hat. The bow measures approximately 20cm (8 inches) in length.
How to Wear this Hat
I have designed this hat so that it can be worn to the left or right of the head, depending on what compliments the wearer.
I will add a black, adjustable elastic to the hat according to your chosen position. This can be used to secure the piece in place. This elastic is thin enough to be hidden in your hair, thereby creating the illusion that the hat is magically perched on the head.
Where to Wear this Hat
This chic button hat would look fabulous at any formal occasion, including race day meets and weddings. It can also be worn throughout the year; from autumn right into spring. Leopard print is always in fashion, whatever the season!
I will send your brown felt button hat in a white hat box. I carefully pack the box with acid-free tissue paper, and finish with a pink satin ribbon. Storing your hat in this tissue-filled box will keep it in tip top condition for many years to come.
Although I don’t offer gift wrap for these designs, I can add a gift message card if you are gifting from a distance.
Complete your message in the box above, especially if it is to be delivered direct to the lucky lady. Please don’t forget to say who it is a gift for…and importantly, who it is from!
Visit my blog to find out more about the centuries-old techniques I use to create my one-of-a-kind pieces.
In my Hat Works Museum post, you’ll get an insight into how I mould the raw materials for this hat. In particular, you’ll discover the importance of wooden forms to the hat-making process, and get a glimpse of the sheer variety available!
Looking For Something a Little Different?
I created this felt button hat, with its flying bow, as a one-of-a-kind piece. However, I can use the design as inspiration for a bespoke order – creating something unique, tailored to your specifications. For example, I could create this hat with a different colour or type of fabric, to suit your outfit.
If you would like to discuss a bespoke order, please do drop me a message, and I will get back to you.
Show me how You wear Yours!
I LOVE seeing photos from my customers showing how they have styled their hats for the big occasion!