Ivory straw button hat, with flourishes of ivory crinoline loops and imitation pearl beads.
I have created this beautifully elegant hat from reclaimed, close weave, vintage straw. I have used the traditional millinery technique of hand-blocking to mould the ivory straw into shape.
Meanwhile, I have used ivory crinoline to create the cloud-like loops which sit atop the classic, understated, straw button base of the hat. This crinoline looping, along with the clusters of imitation pearl beads, creates layers of interest and height, to an otherwise simple design
I chose to leave this hat unlined, instead preferring to simply finish the inside with a coordinating petersham ribbon.
Dimensions of Hat
- Width: approximately 17cm (6.5 inches)
- Height: approximately 4cm (1.5 inches)
- Circumference: approximately 53cm (21 inches)
The crinoline adds approximately 7.5cm (3 inches) to the height of the design.
How to Wear this Hat
I have designed this small button hat to be worn to the right of the head, at a slight angle towards the face. I have also fitted the hat with a black adjustable elastic, which is 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
I created this hat with formal spring and summer events in mind. This hat would be perfect for a race day meet or a wedding. The lightweight and breathable straw will keep you cool in the heat. Meanwhile, the soft ivory colour, and the delicate crinoline loops, create a great look for this time of year.
I will send your piece in an ivory hat box, which I carefully pack 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.
Please do complete your message in the box above, especially if you’d like it to be delivered direct to the lucky lass. Don’t forget to say who it is a gift for…and importantly, who it is from!
Looking For Something a Little Different?
I created this ivory straw hat with crinoline loops 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. If you would like to discuss this option, please do drop me a message, and I will get back to you.
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!
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