Here are some hats and head-pieces I've made for various outfits.
Take a look.
I am not a milliner, by any stretch of the imagination. I do TRY, but it isn't my calling or special talent.
Never-the-less, on occasion, I have need of headwear for different outfits to either complete the ensemble, or most recently, to cover my hair - or lack thereof.
Quick aside. Christmas 2010. The pay-day before Christmas, I decided to go get a permanent in my long, blonde (bottle) hair. The hairdresser at Ulta Salon knew I color treated my hair - in fact, when I arrived, she asked me when I had last colored my hair. She then proceeded to fry both my hair and my scalp. Badly enough that I was on cortico (did I spell that right?) steroids (4 months!) for the damage to my scalp, and wound up losing all of my hair. I advise everyone NOT to have anything done to their hair at Ulta. The really sad part? The woman who ruined my hair was the MANAGER! Ah well. Past and done. The main thing here, is that you cannot do re-enacting with SHORT hair! Only 2 kinds of women back then had short hair - nuns and adulteresses (who got caught). My hair is almost long enough to cheat and use a hairpiece, but not quite. So, in order to dress in garb, I needed a headpiece that covered my hair, but was period correct. The photos below are of my latest hat/headpiece, and I'm so proud of it, I can't hardy stand myself!!
The base form was made of plastic canvas (yeah, I know, but I can't get good, heavy-weight buckram around here) with a layer of lightweight buckram on either side. The top fabric is a blue and silver/grey silk brocade. The back/lining is navy silk duppioni and I made piping from a silver/grey peau de soie.
The pleated trim is just silver/grey satin ribbon pleated by hand and placed in 2 rows - top and bottom, with a navy gimp trim over the gap between the two rows. The veil is navy chiffon. I also added some medium-small pearls to the gimp trim. I made the hat to go with a gown made of all the same fabrics and to - cover my hair. Surprisingly enough, it is extremely comfortable! I can wear it for hours with NO discomfort at all. Considering how the hat fits a head (covers the ears, goes around behind the skull, etc) I was expecting to have some tenderness of the ears, if nothing else. I have very sensitive cartilage in my ears - enough so that I do NOT carry on long telephone conversations. The hat also stays put quite well. Doesn't slip or move about with motion of the head. No hat pin necessary. Cool! I'm all for comfort.
This next hat I made to go with the gown I made for RavenCon a couple of years ago. I don't have many pictures of it, but here is one, at least.
The hat was made from a pattern I picked up from Patterns of Time. Made of - yep, plastic canvas, with the fabric being that same navy duppioni. I added a pin that looks VERY authentic and a feather cockade which holds the one side up to the crown. And yes, the gown IS the same fabric I used for the hat at the top of this page. It is also the same fabric I'm using for the gown that matches the new hat. The gown in the picture above was sold to a lady to use for her wedding - so I'm making a new gown - nope, totally different style and trims.
This next hat is the first hat I ever made. I found a 'pattern' that describes how to make a Civil War bonnet and decided to give it a try. I had just finished a CivWar dress and thought it would 'complete' the outfit. Take a look:
That hat was sold with the CivWar gown and I haven't yet made another CivWar bonnet. I will, just haven't yet.