|Photo courtesy chronicallyvintage.com|
Trimming a straw hat can be as simple as some ribbon and flowers, or as elaborate as you like including feathers, veiling, buttons, bows, birds, leaves, and fruit. Straw can even be dyed, painted, embroidered or appliqued. With a little imagination, a basic straw hat can easily be transformed into a chic and sophisticated topper.
Here's an easy DIY project to take your favorite miniature diva from Spring to Summer to Fall. Straw doll hats can be purchased at your local craft store, or you can utilize straw hats you already own. For this tutorial, I used hats from some of my Fashion Royalty, Barbie, and other 1/6 scale dolls. The scale works perfectly for Miss Marshall's (and Miss Lord's) vintage-inspired hats.
From left to right: An unidentified 1/6 scale straw hat, a red straw hat from a small antique reproduction doll, and the hat from Mattel's "Country Bound" Silkstone Barbie ensemble. All of the original trim has been removed. In addition to your hat, you will need scissors, needle and thread and/or glue (I like Fabri-Tac by Beacon Adhesives), assorted ribbons and trims.
Need more inspiration? Here are a few more vintage hats from around the web.
|Lamp shade style hat with florals encircling the crown.|
Photo courtesy melamela.co.uk
|At first glance, I thought this might be a bias-strip of floral fabric. |
At closer look, it's flowers and leaves covering the entire brim.
Fabric ruched and tacked to the brim might be interesting.
|A unique treatment of ribbon. Circa 1940's. Photo courtesy Polyvore.|
|Interesting placement of the green velvet ribbon. Photo courtesy antiquedress.com|
|Fabulous embroidered straw hat courtesy graciousgood.wordpress.com|
You could also use ready-made appliques, or paint your own design with fabric paint.
Credits and Resources:
For resources and detailed directions on binding the edge of a hat with bias binding, CLICK HERE.
"Blue Fox" Gene Marshall is from Ashton Drake.
"C'est Moi" Madra Lord is from Integrity.
"Symphony in G" Gene Marshall, enhanced with an Integrity articulated body, is from Ashton Drake.