Sunday, 5 June 2016
Crafts, hats and fabric shopping
I've been playing around with crown buckram and millinery wire with a Victorian hat pattern. I didn't have domet or flannel to cover the hat form so I used some scraps of bamboo quilt batting, which I couldn't iron because it had been sprayed with temporary basting spray. Now to cover it. I'm calling this my practice hat because I am learning a lot with it, including how to work with the buckram, what gauge wire to use and how to cover it.
This one is a bit wonky. The instructions call for the fashion fabric to be glued on and the seams covered with trim. That isn't happening. I haven't seen an extant hat with little beaded trim on all it's seams yet, so instead I will sew it down. In all, if it is wearable, it will be a bonus hat. If not, I've learned enough already to make the effort worthwhile.
I was looking for just a little bit more of the red print and couldn't find it. It turns out that most of the reproduction prints were put on clearance. To top it off, I had a 60% off the sale price coupon - so the fabric was $2.10 - $2.70 a yard. I brought home 3 dress lengths, enough red to repair my red dress and a piece for a new apron. I'll need to get just a little bit more for the apron as I will be about 1/4 yard short. I now have enough of the red to redo the 1830's bodice and maybe even the sleeves, as I ripped one last time I wore it. From left to right - 1860's, 1860's, 1830's, 1830's and the apron. If I'd wanted a Regency dress, there were lots of prints to choose from. The brown and salmon is an interesting combo. They had it in plain light brown as well, but I really liked the rather odd mixture of the two and the darker brown. While I am not a huge fan of green, it was one of the only non-linear period prints they had, so it will make a nice change from the rest of the stripes.