The San Diego Costume Guild attended the "Titanic" exhibit at The Natural History Museum in Balboa Park. I needed to design and create a hat that would compliment my navy blue pinstriped 1910 Edwardian Suit.
I mentioned in my prior hat post, that the Edwardian hairstyles played a "Big" part with these "Big" hats, in that the hairstyles would help seat the hats and give the hatpins something to catch onto to help anchor them. I had attended an SDCG class on how to style hair for that Edwardian look.
I started with a vintage black straw, wide-brimmed hat with a wired rim. The crown was short with a flat top. I had a gold and navy striped taffeta that was a perfect match to the navy blue in my suit. I covered the crown with the fabric, and hand sewed it in place. Next, I moved on to a wide fabric strip to create the large bow for the front of the hat. I sewed in a piece of thin wire all along the edge to give the strip support for the big bow. From there, I selected several fluffy Ostrich feathers, hand curled each, and tacked to top of the brim. This hat came together the fastest and easiest, and I really like the way it turned out.