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Kentucky Derby Delight

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My Mom needed a Kentucky Derby inspired hat for last weekend and here is what I came up with.  She brought the hat:
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I needed some inspiration- so after a Bing search I went here to Lady Diane Hats for a look at some very beautiful and traditional Kentucky Derby hats.

So I decided to go with black and white- I had some silver satin so that was going to be the color for the giant rose that would be the center piece of the hat.  My Mom dresses with her husband’s eye in mind and one of his favorite colors is silver or grey.  So to get started I took some white organza and serged a rolled scarf hem.
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This organza would serve as the hat band and a separate piece would make the bow.
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Here is my first attempt at the bow- in the final equation- which I did not take a picture of… I went with a simpler bow without a center knot and it turned out much better.IMG_8375

I added a fan of white tulle for texture.
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Now to work on the flower.  I decided that the inspiration flowers were big- so I cut 28 petals to make this satin rose.  I got the instruction on this type of rose construction from a great website called Fun with Fleece.  I have made many of the projects on her website- in fact my Christmas stockings are from her patterns.  Each petal is sealed over a candle and they ruffle up as you heat them to make them just so beautiful.
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I sewed the flower together in two parts because there were so many petals.
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I needed something sparkly either in the center of the flower or somewhere on the hat- so I got into the jewelry box and here were some of my options.
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I settled on an old favorite from my misspent 80’s youth- its pin back had broken long ago but it is still beautiful.
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So now all that is left is to sew everything together.  I used regular needles and thread- but next time I am breaking the seal on this upholstery needle set that I bought and using that (for some reason I am saving it in the package for some natural disaster- when I have to reupholster my couch by hand or something?). You definitely need a thimble too as you work your needle thought the material of the hat and all the thicknesses of the flower.  Here it is all finished.  The feathers are courtesy of our very own bossy gallito.
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And here it is on my beautiful Mom before the event-
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And here she is at the event- a complete success!
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