Samantha Ling (lingtm) wrote,
Samantha Ling


I received a gentle email today mentioning about how I haven’t been online much lately.  I would have objected, except that the last blog entry was in August!  She was completely right and so here I am.  I will attempt to write about the last month, but I don’t remember much.  Thank goodness for iPhone photos to remind me.

What I’ve been doing recently is making hats.  I first began looking into making hats because Joanne had mentioned that she wanted to put a steampunk outfit together.  Since her birthday was coming up, I looked into steampunk paraphernalia.  I don’t quite remember what brought me to the hats, but I ended up looking at a bunch of hats on etsy. I found the great bulk of them to be not only ugly, but cheaply made and overpriced.  The one’s I did like were completely out of my price range.  So I figured that I could make a hat.  Hell, 90% of the etsy hats looked like they were craft projects.  I said to myself that I can make a better hat.

One thing led to another, several hours of Internet research later, I bought a buckram kit from Judith M.  It contained buckram which is a stiffened fabric that has a loose weave, millinery wire, which is the support for the buckram.  It gives the hat shape.  Then I bought a pattern from Truly Victorian.  Then I proceeded to make my very first hat.  Unfortunately, I have no photos of that as I have already given it to Joanne.  But here is a photo of the second hat that I made.  

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It’s Joanne wearing the tricorn that I made.

I’ve since made several other hats and my craft has gotten better.  This is my latest creation, which I made out of my own pattern.  I couldn’t find a pattern for the shape that I wanted.


This one also goes to Joann.  I liked the shape so much that I made a hat for myself (which I will post some other day).

I wanted Joanne to send back the hats I made for her so I can fix the mistakes from learning how to make hats, but she refuses.  There were many wrinkles and the brim wasn’t shaped so well, but she loves it just the way it is.  Bah!

I am sure that there will be more hats in my future.  I have replenished my buckram supply, having made six hats out of the two yards supplied in the original kit.  And I’ve been looking at a lot of vintage hats.  I especially like the cloches from the 20′s, but I’m unsure as to how to cover the rounded head portion.  I also love Victorian and Edwardian hats, and I am also learning how to make millinery flowers.  I made the flower on the latest hat.  It’s a lot of crafting!  But I am enjoying it.  

You will most likely get a bunch millinery posts next, so consider this fair warning.

Crossposted to Samantha Ling, Dreamwidth and Livejournal

Tags: hat, joann, millinery

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