April 12, 2014

A hat made of a hat… or what I call a "meta-hat"

This is the hat I made for last year’s  Stroll with a Hat (Passejada amb Barret).

Whether or not to sketch before making a hat is something that is often discussed in the forums. I think it simply depends on the type of hat, and possibly on your working process. I enjoy sketching although I’m not particularly good at it, but it works for me. Many sketches don’t get to become a hat, but I often review old sketches for self-inspiration. From sketch to finished product it’s often a long process with many changes. In this case the hat started as an open hat box, and it was only later on that I decided to add the top hat:


My choice of material for the structure of the hat was “toile gommée”, a very stiff canvas that is sold in France and that is very hard to work with, but that added the stiffness required for the hat box. It’s very hard to sew through, so it’s not my material of choice. It can be blocked because the stiffener softens with steam and water, but it takes muscle!


The hat box is made of tie silk that comes in narrow bolts intended to make gentelman’s ties. I think this silk is what inspired me to make the hat because it just talks hat box to me. The “tissue paper” inside of the box is silk organza (from a leftover piece that my friend Paco Peralta gave me), and the hat is made of silk shantung to match the green cape that Paco made for me.

The most difficult part was the top hat, making sure all stitches where hidden and the fabric was nice and tight. Going “miniature” makes life very difficult, particularly with such a thick material as the toile gommée. But that stiffness of the material is what allowed me to flare the top of the hat with my hands with some water and when it dried it was rock hard.

Meta-hat1Another important moment when making a hat is deciding where and how to sew the elements that make it. I used two plastic headbands, covered with elastic cotton velvet ribbon, and I played a little with the position of the hat…


I wore this hat in Madrid for the Head over Heels event organized by Value Retail Spain at Las Rozas Outlet. Stephen Jones was the mentor of that event and we had the good fortune of getting an inspiring talk from him. I love that he praised those of us (all milliners) that were wearing a hat at the moment, if we don’t wear hats who is going to? And the big surprise? There were a few of his hats on display and one of them was a hat box with hats, how crazy is that?! Here you can see it, on the left, behind the great man himself. Could they be more different and yet spring from the same idea?:


And here I am, wearing the final product, on the day of the Stroll with a Hat, next to my good friend Nina Pawlowsky:


October 1, 2013

9th Stroll with a Hat – 9ª Passejada amb Barret – 9º Paseo con Sombrero

Filed under: Millinery trivia and events,Passejada 2013,Passejada amb Barret — Cristina de Prada @ 9:24 pm

(texto en castellano debajo – Spanish text below)

Nina Pawlowsky and I are working hard at getting things ready for next years Stroll with a Hat (it will be its 10th edition no less), and as we get our hands dirty I realize I did not write anything on my blog about this years edition and it’s been a few months since it took place!

And would you believe it? 1000 commemorative badges flew off our hands and some people did not manage to get theirs! Bottom line? More than 1000 people participated on this years Stroll with a Hat, and it certainly felt like we were a multitude. There were friends that attended and I didn’t even get to see them through the crowd!

As always it was an amazing experience for everyone!

Fotos Passejada 2013

My hat was a whimsical headpiece composed of an open mini hat box with a mini top hat perched atop, I will give you more detains of how I made it in a future blog entry. I also wore an amazing green silk cape, 50’s style, made by my favorite couturier, Paco Peralta.

If you want to see more, take a look at the flickr group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/passejada2013 where some of the participants of the event hanged their pictures.

And the best thing of all?… We had a glorious sunny day!


Spanish text follows – Aquí sigue el texto en castellano:

Nina Pawlowsky y yo estamos trabajando duramente de cara a la próxima Passejada amb Barret (Paseo con Sombrero). Será la 10ª edición y queremos que sea especial. Mientras estamos de preparativos me he dado cuenta de que no había escrito nada en mi blog acerca de la Passejada de este año y eso que ya han pasado unos meses!

Parecerá increible pero 1000 chapas conmemorativas (que regalamos cada año – desde hace 5 años – a los participantes) volaron rumbo a personas ensombreradas y algunos incluso se quedaron sin la suya. ¿Conclusión? Más de 1000 personas participaron en el paseo, y la sensación fue también de muchedumbre pues hubo amigos que participaron y a los que no llegué a ver!

Fotos Passejada 20131

Como siempre una experiencia única para todos!

Mi sombrero consistía en una divertida toca compuesta de una mini caja sombrerera con un mini sombrero de copa apoyado encima, ya os daré más detalles en el blog en un futuro próximo.


Si queréis ver más fotos, os recomiendo que vayáis al grupo de Flickr en la que los participantes han colgado sus fotos: http://www.flickr.com/groups/passejada2013.

¿Y lo mejor de todo? Lució un sol espléndido.

April 2, 2013

9th Stroll with a Hat – 9º Paseo con Sombrero – 9ª Passejada amb Barret

Filed under: Millinery trivia and events,Passejada 2013,Passejada amb Barret — Cristina de Prada @ 10:37 am

Poster of the 9th Stroll with a Hat

Next Sunday April 7th 2013 the 9th edition of Barcelona’s Stroll with a Hat will take place. If you’re in Barcelona, do not miss it!! And don’t forget to wear your hat! For more details visit the website: www.ambbarret.com

El próximo domingo 7 de abril de 2013 celebraremos la 9ª edición del Paseo con Sombrero de Barcelona. Si estás en Barcelona, no te lo pierdas!! Y no olvides ponerte sombrero! Para más detalles visita la web: www.ambbarret.com

El proper diumenge 7 d’abril de 2013 celebrem la 9ª edició de la Passejada amb Barret de Barcelona. Si ets a Barcelona, no t’ho perdis!! I no oblidis posar-te el barret! Per més detalls visita el web: www.ambbarret.com

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