It’s Re-Make, Re-use, Re-fashion fortnight on the HSF, and I have so.many.things that need re-fashioning, because I’m always buying hats and shoes that look historical – if only I re-trim and re-shape them, and old clothes made out of historically plausible fabric that need to be re-fashioned into historically plausible garments.
I’m starting with a simple re-fashion. I took this broad-brimmed wool hat:
And re-made it into this spiffy number for Polly / Oliver:
Now, I know you are thinking “Hey, wait a minute, didn’t you post pictures of you in the completed Polly / Oliver outfit, with a hat a month ago?”
And yes, I did:
However, much as I am ashamed to admit, the hat in the Polly Oliver photoshoot was entirely held together by an elaborate collection of safety pins. Naughty me!
So this week I got my act together and actually finished the hat properly.
My inspiration for the hat, in an attempt to combine 1880s accuracy with the aesthetic of a tall military shako, were this swish little black number:
And this tall straw number:
I started with a broad brimmed wool felt hat:
I got the crown wet with hot water:
And then re-shaped it over a tall conical bowl, using elastic to hold it on snuggly.
As I reshaped it, I turned up one side of the brim:
Once the hat had dried, I trimmed the brim down to a narrower width. Then it sat for a month, then got trimmed with safety pins for a photoshoot, and then this week I finally sewed on a feather, some gold cord, and a gold insignia bit-thingee.
I half love the gold insignia, and half think it makes the hat look too Western. On the love side, I managed to cobble together something that, if you know what you are looking for, and squint your eyes, looks like a flaming cheese (see the round cheese with a wedge missing? And the flames). I’ll have to take a photo of the back of Monstrous Regiment so that you can see what I am talking about.
On the too Western side, I’m not sure what to do about it. Any suggestions? Maybe I should put the tassel I had in the photoshoot back on… Or make a full on shako, and re-make this to look more directly like my first inspiration hat.
The Challenge: #18 ‘Re-Make, Re-Use, Re-Fashion’
Fabric: One broad brimmed wool hat ($6).
Year: ca. 1885
Notions: 1.3m gold braid, gold badge, gold button, ostrich feather, thread.
How historically accurate is it? Not.
Hours to complete: 3.
First worn: Not yet.
Total cost: NZ$10 for hat and trims.