I guess I should create more contemporary hats, but somehow they just don't excite me as much as classic millinery. When I see an old hat in a thrift or antique store, the first thing I do is turn it over and study how it was made.
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Above is a draped cloche. The foundation material is buckram, draped with stretch velvet, and trimmed with a vintage brooch. The folds of this hat are very fine and classy. The drape ends in a scarf that wraps around the neck.
To your right is a draped fringe hat. Again the foundation material is buckram. Rhinestones in the same color of the fringe have been added for a little sparkle.
Both hat frames were wet blocked: the cloche over a cloche balsa block; and the fringe, over a basic balsa utility block.
Below I show how I lined the hats.