|Thrift store find: generic straw hat with plastic flowers hot glued to the brim.|
I picked up a straw hat for something like a buck. While it's not a great quality of material, it worked just fine as a base for a late 18th century hat. For inspiration, I just browsed the fashion plates I'd saved to Pinterest and a couple of modern tutorials on re-coverings straw hats. The puffy crown idea came from Venifice, and the pleated brim from Koshka. I ended up deciding that the tri-color ribbon was just a little too in-your-face for what I wanted. I'll save that for making cockades and instead just focus on making myself a costume in the red, white, and blue palette.
|sans flash, the colors really come through.|
|Blue ribbon and gold braid picked up in the LA Fashion District last CoCo. White pleated ribbon re-homed from (I think) my mother's stash at some point. It looks like it could be her handwriting on the label, at least.|
He may be a bit too bourgeois for a Bastille Day outfit, but I gave this fella a tail and some gold detailing and he just pins on. Now if I could just figure out his name.