Tuesday, 28 May 2013

another word on boaters...

Chloe in Chloe
Ever since I saw Chloe Sevigny rocking the boater look a few years ago, I’ve been on the hunt. In fact this whole outfit is just gorgeous. I have finally hit that stage in life where the summer months have been transformed into a procession of weddings, christenings and various other hat worthy occasions. I found a boater in Scarlet Vintage in Bath, not bad to find one to fit my head, but i wanted to lower the crown and get it perching at a jaunty angle, a bit more like Chloe.

You will need
  • Boater
  • Scalpel
  • All purpose glue
  • Paper scissors
  • 1m broad black and white striped grosgrain ribbon
  • 1m black bias binding
  • Glue gun
  • Cream fake flowers
  • Sewing machine
  • Black thread
  • Leather needle
How to do it
  1. Remove any ribbon or decoration on the boater
  2. Measure 2 cm up from the brim and slice around the crown
  3. Cut 2cm off the crown
  4. Run some all purpose glue around the inside edge of the crown and slot it back on to the brim
  5. Turn the hat over and fold down the band, add a line of hot glue over the join, fold the band back up to cover the join
  6. To decorate, wrap the ribbon around the crown and fashion in a bow on the side. secure with hot glue. (for tips on how to make the perfect bow, check out my older post on boater revamping)
  7. To copy chloe’s look completely, add flowers to the crown
  8. If you are keen to add bias binding, fit your sewing machine with a leather needle. Pin the binding in place, making sure the join is at the back and carefully sew around the brim. The machine will be fine with a straw boater that is not too thick and stiff.

Types of stitch:

Running stitch 

Fabric and provider
Bias binding and ribbon from Sew n Sew St Nick’s Market

Garment Details:
Boater from Scarlet Vintage

I got the chance to try it out at Cori and Robert's beautiful wedding at Radford Mill Farm this weekend.

Blazer and jumpsuit Comptoir Des Cottoniers; bag vintage; shoes Kurt Geiger; necklace my own

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