Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Meet the Fedoras

Ah - an evening at the studio BY MYSELF! A great chance to do a long-overdue blog post and introduce you to the family...

You've met this stylish fella a few times now.

You've even met a few of his relatives ...albeit in a blog-finished state (I can tell you that now that linings and hat-bands are slip-stitched into place!).


There's colourful cousin Charlotte with her mother-of-pearl buckle.


Flamboyant world-traveler, great-aunt Matilda...

Difficult cousin George (with his non-stick interfacing and recently reformed brim).

And then there's lairy aunt Mary...
She makes an embarrasing appearance at every formal gathering of the clan - drinks too much, laughs too loudly and spills the family secrets any time there's a lull in the conversation. Gotta love her.

This flower was my sanity-sewing on Friday. I needed a focus amid the chaos and wasn't capable of concentrating on anything word-based while I was at work. I lost myself in machine embroidery, wiring and shaping petals.... at least for a few minutes at a time. I had my smallest assistant with me......

You can see the lovely cousin Dora the Fedora over at Gay's blog, and you'll be able to make your own (if you're a fairly experienced dressmaker, hat-maker or bag-maker) pretty soon, because we're on the home strait with this one!

14 comments:

Sandra @ Pepperberry and Co. said...

Wow! They're an amazing set of hats. I'm quite looking forward to the pattern- although the idea of being a fairly experienced dressmaker frightens me slightly! :-)

Little Munchkins said...

Wow, yet another gorgeous pattern from you. Love the hats!

MildlyCrafty said...

I'd love to have a go at making one of your fedoras, they look great.

Handmade said...

What an interesting extended family you have! All totally cool, and beautifully made and photographed!

Tinniegirl said...

I love this hat design so much. I'm going to have to outsource the making or work myself up to it, cause I have to have one.

Gillian aka Silly Gilly said...

Oh. My. Golly. Me. Call me jumping the fence but I'm LOVING lairy Aunt Mary. I have to have her!!!!!!!! Can I? Purlease? Is she for sale???

Fer said...

Ooo, I do so like Great Aunt Matilda - a real 'globetrotting' hat (don't you just love that word!)

Sherrin said...

wow, amazing hats! are they as hard to make as they look like they would be?

CurlyPops said...

I love Lairy Aunt Mary with her gorgeous embroidered flower. She's definitely my favourite!
She'd probably fit in really well with the clan at some of my family functions.

craftygirlwithruffle said...

I think I might end up being Lairy Aunt Mary one day (am probably well on the way). I would be prepared to be Lairy Aunty Mary just to wear her hat. I think its great!

thornberry said...

Nikki, these hats look SO SO good! Love Aunt Mary in particular - her flower is just gorgeous (maybe one day I can beg for a lesson or watch you in action?) So wish I'd been able to test this pattern!

pipnmillycreations said...

Fabulous hats!

Caity said...

can't WAIT for the fedora pattern! SUPER COOL!

Liam's Mummy said...

Hey Nikki - I love Lairy Aunt Mary - I love her name too, it makes me think of various Mary's (and also aunts who aren't Mary's)that I know at their lairiest, lol! I would love to know how you did the stamen on her flower.

Anyway, I thought you might like to know that I think about this hat a lot.