Oh my goodness what fun were we having today! Our oldest daughter and my partner here at Glory Bee -needed a Sunday hat. We have both been fascinated with fascinators of late and while she was picking up some notions in town I was looking on the web and found an AWESOME millinery called Love Charlie. They have the most beautiful fascinators and inspired our creativity today. So I thought I would share how you might make your own fascinating fascinator for church next Sunday.
I started with a circle that is 5 1/2 inches in diameter. I ironed on a Lightweight Fusible Pellon interfacing to the fabric and then put my circle on the Pellon- drew the circle and cut it out as you can see here:
Yes- the stainless steel bowl is the pattern. Next I folded the circle in half with the wrong side facing out and sewed a dart about 1/2 inch wide at the outset coming to a point just shy of the middle of the circle like this:
Then I flipped it over and top-stitched the dart down thinking that this might give me some added stability. I also top stitched the circumference of the circle as well. That was probably not necessary because as you will see next we decided to add lace to the edge.
Next I built a fan from black tulle that would serve as a back drop for our embellishments. My piece of tulle was folded over and about 12-14 inches long. I run a gathering stich along the bottom, pull them together and tie the threads.
Next my daughter started putting together the flowers. The first flower she made was a burnt edge flower from a charcoal-grey synthetic fabric that we had on hand.
Then she added a white silk flower and a black yo-yo made from a solid black broadcloth. You see them here with their button centers ready to get sewn onto the hat.
So now we put it all together and I just can’t get over how cute it is! Everything is sewn on- the tulle fan we were able to sew on with the machine- so that was great. Then all the flowers get the Holy Trinity Tack Stich using doubled thread and same treatment for the buttons.
Here is my beautiful daughter with her beautiful hat!
The veil is simply a 15 inch (or so) diameter circle cut in a wider net tulle that she folded in half and pinned to her hair before she put the fascinator on. Everything is held on with a bobby pin or two. Here is another view.
If you have an occasion coming up or would like to take your Sunday outfit to the next level- contact us! We would love to help you out. God Bless!