I don’t often get to make hats for somebody I know, but the occasion of a friend’s wedding gave me a good reason to work on my ideas for a bridal shower captain’s hat.
Making a bridal hat with someone in mind is a special kind of fun.
It lets me really focus on creating something beautiful that I think will enhance the beauty of the bride and, in this case, really capture her adventurous spirit.
I worked on my Bridal hat for two months, gathering bits and pieces for it as I worked on putting it together.
First I had to paint the hat with white fabric paint so that none of the darker shades would show through the white.
Then I used 8 different kinds of 3/8” wide ribbon to give the hat texture and interest – velvet, braided, glitter, sequin, grosgrain, satin, flower embossed, and French gimp.
I used two fabrics to cover the top of the hat – white spandex covered with a gorgeous white burnout damask.
Final touches? Iridescent Mardi Gras beads around the top of the hat, silver spikes, clear rhinestones on the brim, and a huge rhinestone applique.
It was beautiful.
And yet it still didn’t seem finished.
The last piece I added to the hat was a short little white veil.
And it was perfect!