Also known as a bergère hat, shallow-crowned, wide-brimmed straw hats were a staple of 18th-Century fashion. Every class wore this style of hat, so class distinction came down to styling and material quality: trims on these hats ranged from no decoration at all to ridiculously elaborate silk-covered, beaded, feathered spectacles.
Since I have zero experience trimming hats, I kept it very simple. In the future, I’ll do something more elaborate (I’m intrigued by silk-covered styling)!
Some simpler styles:
- Blank shallow-crown straw hat
- Artificial flowers
- Ribbon (1 and 1/2″ on crown, 1″ for tying)
- Hot glue gun
Ribbon, flowers and feathers! To ensure that the flowers I chose would look good together, I got a small pre-made bouquet from my local craft store and tore it apart so I could style it for a hat.
For the crown, I chose to do simple ribbon poofs:
Finally, I attached the flowers using hot glue. Not the most period appropriate method, but since I’m already using plastic flowers, that ship has sailed:
Overall, I’m happy with the results!
What experiences have you had with trimming hats?