Over the summer I was dreaming up some new wardrobe additions, tutorial ideas, and doing a little online shopping as well. One item, ok some, items I wanted to add were some floral tilt hats to add a touch of feminine to my hat collection. As of now, I have mostly masculine felt tilt hats or else dainty straw creations from the 40s to the 50s but I did not have an all floral tilt hat, not even one. I sought to correct that until I saw some of the price tags. I was surprised at how much these all floral tilt hats were running for price. Some were all of $300 and up and the ones that were under $50 had sadly seen better days. After some searching and some pondering I decided to take the pictures of the floral tilt hats that I liked the most and try to recreate them. After much sorting, I settled on two tilt hats that I was going to try to recreate and I also decided that I would turn them into tutorials as well. Why? Because I figured that like me, you would not want to sink hundreds of dollars into hat either.
The first hat that I aimed to recreate was a floral tilt hat with red - purple and blue-purple violets with hints of red in it. I really liked this one because I like purple and I am slowly building up my collection of purple accessories. To recreate this one, I bought a hat base and some vintage millinery flowers. I chose to buy a base to work off of because I know from experience that I am not that great at making hat bases. To go with this, i chose some small flowers and some green netting for a touch of the dramatic.
The second tilt hat was much less expensive but had some visible damage and for this one I chose to recrate it. I chose light yellow, ivory and touches of pink. The original had black netting for dramatic effect and I too chose black netting. I liked the contrast. For this hat, I chose to purchase a base on which to work off of as well. Another bonus to just buying the base was that then I could go ahead and get to the fun part which was arranging all the pretty flowers.
In my planning, I decided to make a light floral hat and then a dark floral hat so that I could have both options at my disposal and because I could not decide which ones to make first . . So I did both. To get these projects started, I ordered some vintage flowers in the color I wanted as well as two hat bases. I took the easy route in ordering these bases because this way I would have an easy base to arrange my floral pieces. To help keep the hats on, I stitched small plastic combs into the interior.
Looking forward to seeing the final creation? Then stay tuned for my next post! I'm very excited for this show and tell!