Which came first? The head or the hat?
|1880s inspired ladies Tall Hat - front and side views|
Leaving classic philosophical debates to one side, here's my entry for the Historical Sewing Fortnight 2014 challenge #7 "Tops and Toes" an 1880s inspired Tall hat, which was created to accompany my 1888 costume here.
This is my third attempt at millinery, having made 2 spoon bonnets last year, here and here.
I made this one by taking apart a store bought sunhat (pictured to the left).
I will post a tutorial about how I made this 1880s tall hat soon.
|'all done' photo|
The Challenge: #7 'Tops and toes'
Fabric: the material is...whatever sunhats are made from. Er.. some kind of thick plastic threads (looks a bit like fishing line) which has been woven into strips.
Notions: thread and self-made ribbons
How historically accurate is it? not very, this is def. an 'inspired by' design
Hours to complete: About two days
First worn: 28 March 2014
Total cost: under $7
|Women having tea outside the house of William and Lydia Williams in Napier, New Zealand. Dated between 1888-1899|