We don’t do much “riding to the hunt” around here at Carolyn’s Canvas but the Downton Abbey Inspired Vest, that was inspired by Lady Cora Crawley’s gorgeous white riding coat with black embroideries on the popular TV series, just had to have a matching hat.
There was a nice white, felt hat from a hat making phase, plus trims and extra lace motifs from the vest that could be used so why not? [I think the hat itself had cost $9-10. Using coupons for the trims, the total was about $14-17 for everything including the hat].
And-maybe I could get my sister, Shirley, to use her expertise and put the hat together. It didn’t take much convincing to get her to help. So off the vest, the hat with all the paraphernalia to finish the hat and I went to her house for the hat making session and for photos of our Downton Abbey Inspired Vintage Hunt Hat.
What I thought would only take a few minutes to put the hat together stretched out into a couple of hours. I forgot how Shirley finesses things until they are exactly as she wants.
Downton Abbey Inspired Vintage Hunt Hat
- Vintage hat from a thrift store
- Lace motif appliques
- Feathers, trims (optional)
- Hot glue lace appliques to hat.
- Hot glue feathers, trims as you fancy.
How We Did It:
Shirley tried a white lace:
that didn’t suit.
After trying all the black trims, a white feather piece, wide hat band, narrow hat band she decided to use the lace cut out appliques left from the vest
with a narrow band of trim and the black silk rose. When her final decisions were made she hot glued everything in place-just in case we do go “riding to the hunt”.
Maybe we’ll pull this out and wear it on Derby Day. It actually is as current today as it would have been in the 20’s. Cruising through hats online, I found styles from $25 to over $300 and I know I am partial but Shirley’s hat looks as good as any I saw and better than most.
At any rate, we had a great time, as we always do, creating the hat with its matching vest. They are both one of a kind.
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