A wee while ago I got a box of materials given to me by a retired milliner. Amongst the things was a small lot of vintage fur felt hoods.
Very recently I put some newly acquired skills to the block, so to speak – and made a couple of small free shaped button hats. The first one in a lovely peacock blue colour turned out quite nicely.
Since it coincided with the Royal visit to New Zealand it made me think of how the little hat would look on the Duchess of Cambridge – I do think the colour and shape would be lovely on her – and decided to call it the “Kate”, to commemorate the occasion!
As coincidences go, I got a phone call from the local newspaper , asking if I had received many hat orders as a result of the Royal visit to the country. To which I replied: “no, I haven’t”…..but on thinking on it for a few minutes…….”funny you should ask, I just made a little hat and called it “Kate”!
Well, they thought it was a lovely story to tie in with the “Royal fashion” angled piece they wanted to publish. We talked a few minutes about the way the hat came about and 2 days later it’s been published!
here’s a link to the article:
It’s always nice to get a bit of publicity and I really liked the photos taken by Kelly Hodel. I’m not a natural born model by any means and don’t like photos of myself much. But she did a very good job and the hat looked pretty good too ;)
I sometimes should remind myself to talk in lay terms when talking about millinery and stop assuming everybody knows. So when I say button hat, it’s called that because it looks like an oversized button. It could also be called a cocktail hat due to it’s small size, not necessarily because it’s a popular choice at cocktail parties.
The hat is made out of fur felt ( as most of the Duchess’s felt hats are, I’m sure). My guess is that it is made from rabbit hair, though in the past beaver and nutria hair were also used to make felt – so I’m not 100% sure. These days the rabbit hair used is shorn off the animals and felted, just like wool felt is made from sheep wool. What they did 50 years ago…the felt pieces given to me are vintage, as I said…I can not say.
It would be lovely if this very hat ended up to adorn the very pretty head of the Duchess of Cambridge. But hey…..what are the chances….one can dream though! Meanwhile I carry on as I were, make hats to order and for the sheer enjoyment and brace myself for the admittedly slim chance that the palace might ring up, ask me to send the hat over on express courier….and brace myself for the overnight change to my business in little ole Pirongia!