June 18, 2008

Summer hat with bow, from “Felt Pattern Hat” pattern by Ruby Carnahan

Filed under: Felt Pattern hat (shell shape),Millinery projects — Cristina de Prada @ 9:48 pm

Mirjam wearing the hat, wonderfully!This is my sister in law, Mirjam, wearing (with great style) the second hat I’ve made based on Ruby Carnahan’s pattern “Felt Pattern Hat”.

The other one I made was with faux astrakhan (persian lamb) and a white grosgrain ribbon, which is quite winterish, so it was time to make a summer version.

I’ve made the new one using a woven raffia fabric (vintage, belonging to Nina), and I’ve trimmed it with a huge knotted bow made out of a spectacular Gratacos silvery shiny fabric. Gratacós is a fabulous fabric shop that first opened in the 1940’s, and that has been recently remodeled to sell also accessories (among which, hats). They are fabric designers and sell their own range of fabrics. Their shop is at the center of Barcelona (Passeig de Gracia 110) and well worth a visit.

Back to the hat, I must say that working with the woven raffia has been a pain because it tends to fray, even though I first cut the pattern from (strong) iron-on interfacing, which I ironed into the rafia and then cut. I should have done a zig-zag on the edge, which I had to do later under difficult conditions.

I plan on doing another version of this hat with a different fabric. If I get my new digital camera soon I will document the process!


  1. The hat and the dress…so lovely! I think brimless hats are so stylish and easy to wear. Thanks for the zigzag tip…I think even sinamay does better being zigzagged.

    Nice to have you back in blogdom after your travels.

    Comment by Jill — June 21, 2008 @ 11:06 pm

  2. Fabulous! I love the combination of straw and fabric. I’ve seen some good raffia on waltraud reiners site. I think it’s http://www.torbandreiner.com but I am not sure. They are based in Australia.

    Comment by sayra — June 29, 2008 @ 5:42 am

  3. HOWDY! Say, I like your hats, I don’t think there is anything that makes a lady look like a lady more’n a fine hat does. As a workin’ cowboy (born and raised) I have always felt a kinship with hats, how their made and who makes whut …. I say yer site is a goodun …purty work! – Ol’ Tom

    Comment by TOM MCGREW — October 26, 2008 @ 9:29 pm

  4. Thanks Tom… How come you ended up at my blog? I love getting all kinds of readers, so you’re very welcome here!

    Comment by cristinadeprada — October 26, 2008 @ 11:12 pm

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