I love top hats. I always have. It might be I was the kid in dance class and took any opportunity to be on stage. I have a soft spot for the theatrical and vintage circus things so top hats just fall right into that space. I have made quite a few and this past spring finally created a pattern that only takes a few hours to execute a finished hat as opposed to days as this one above did. I loved this one. Unfortunately I loaned it out to a stylist, it was destroyed and somehow I never was reimbursed. Oh well. Lesson learned.
Of course I had to figure out how to make this one. Yes I have the pattern and yes I will make you one. Although this fabric proved to be too flimsy and I would make the next one out of a heavier weight. It was more important that I was true to the original drawing since I made it for a fundraiser. It really is a 10/6.
Yes we really do wear them. This is a vintage one that is my baby. I rescued it from a damp costume storage from a different life before I was a milliner full-time.
I will keep making them, all one of a kind. If not the fabric then the decoration. I just made embroidered taffeta in cranberry red with olive sash and black embroidered with tan cockade.
I think I will make another mad hatter 10/6. I’m not sure what I’ll wear it with though.