July 3, 2009

Little straw hat with romantic grosgrain bows

Although made using the same plasticine block I used for the machine sewn mini hats, this one is fully hand sewn. The vintage straw braid is a 4-strand one (four strands of braid already come sewn together into a wider braid), and the grosgrain ribbon is also vintage, from Nina’s stash. I sewed the braid in stages, pinning on the block a few turns and then sewing, pinning again, and so on…

This hat was a commission. The lady who commissioned it needed a hat to go with a simple sleeveless blue silk cocktail gown for a wedding in the UK. The original idea was to use feathers, because I had biot feathers of the exact colour of the dress, but I was not happy at all with my attempts, and finally I changed directions completely and went with the bows you can see now (the grosgrain being also of the exact colour). I think the result is sweet and fun… what do you think?

It’s finished on the inside with a grosgrain ribbon and an elastic band keeps the hat firmly in place.  I hope you enjoy it!


  1. Simply adorable and I hope the person who commissioned it likes it.

    Comment by Dolores — July 3, 2009 @ 10:41 pm

  2. You’ve done it again Girl! Sweeter than sweet. Fab trimming job,the bows are perfect.

    Comment by Montez — July 4, 2009 @ 4:08 am

  3. Love it! And the bows are just the thing. Have you given up on the straw sewing machine? I’ve been contemplating getting one, but for years I’ve been sewing the braids by hand with pretty decent results. I know your commission loved this one!

    Comment by Jan Wutkowski — July 4, 2009 @ 9:23 pm

  4. Thank you everyone for the positive comments!

    Jan, I have not given up on the straw sewing machine! I’m still working on that and I promise there will be follow up posts about that subject.

    Comment by cristinadeprada — July 5, 2009 @ 2:19 pm

  5. pues sí Cristina, este sombrero es precioso. Creo que los lazos han sido un gran acierto, porque no me imagino yo tampoco el sombrero con las plumas. Todo lo demás, el color, la forma, etc. es fantástico.

    Comment by paco peralta — July 8, 2009 @ 5:23 pm

  6. Love the hat – the blues are beautiful

    Comment by Cath — July 10, 2009 @ 3:28 pm

  7. love this one!!!! wonderful and cheeky!

    Comment by Lina Stein — July 26, 2009 @ 10:51 pm

  8. Like it? Try lusting after that hat…wow it is a head turner for sure!

    Comment by jill — August 4, 2009 @ 4:44 pm

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