Leopard print felt sloped button hat, trimmed with wired and embroidered felt faux feathers.
As with all my occasion hats, I have made this asymmetric button hat by hand, using traditional millinery techniques. This particular hat is hand-blocked, and almost entirely handsewn, apart from a small amount of machine stitching to the lining and feathers.
For the hand-cut, faux feathers, which are the main focus of this piece, I have used a combination of leopard print and stone felts, alongside complimentary, golden brown, embroidered highlights. Meanwhile, I have created the distinctive flowing lines of the feathers, by encasing millinery wire within them. This technique allows for fluid lines which hold their shape.
To finish the piece, I fully lined the inside of the hat with black silk dupion, before trimming with a coordinating gold petersham ribbon.
Dimensions of Hat
- Width: approximately 18cm (7 inches)
- Length: approximately 20cm (8 inches)
- Height: approximately 5 cm (2 inches)
The feathers add approximately 5cm (2 inches) extra in height to the hat. However, they can be shaped to reduce of increase the height to suit the wearer.
How to Wear this Hat
I created this hat to be worn to the left of the head, so that it skims the wearer’s temple.
I have attached a black, adjustable elastic, which will fix the hat 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 leopard print cocktail hat is perfect for all formal occasions, including race day meets and weddings. The bold leopard print, along with the flowing feathers, offer contemporary style. Meanwhile, the shaping of the hat keeps it looking classically elegant.
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 leopard print felt sloped button hat, with felt faux feathers, 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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