www.thetrimmingcompany.com) for £1.10 per metre plus VAT (they call it 'merry widow' veil). For this fascinator I used only about 40cm of the veiling. The rest of the materials are:
- an old tablecloth, which is made of really good ivory cotton and has a nice slightly raised pattern. Unfortunately it is very worn at certain places and I could not use it.
- A teardrop fascinator base (£1.90 from the same shop).
- ivory beads from an old necklace
- The first part was the hardest and the most time-consuming. I cut a piece of fabric from the tablecloth to fit around the base, leaving about 2.5cm seam allowance. I stretched it over the base and secured it at the edges with pins. Then I flipped the base on its back, and starting at the pointy part of the base I stitched the fabric onto the base, folding in 1.5cm as I was going along, so that I don't leave raw edges. I used clear plastic thread, so that the stitches would be invisible.
- Then I went around the edge of the base and sewed small ivory beads all the way around, using the same plastic thread.
- After I was done with the base, I started making flowers and leaves. This hat has three rose-shaped white flowers and four leaves, which I stitched on the round part of the fascinator (partly because the fabric was a bit discoloured at that part, and I wanted to hide it). At the centre of each flower I glued a big ivory bead. To vary the patterns, for the leaves I used a different fabric of the same colour.
- Finally, I added the veil. Veils come in 9'' and 12'' widths. For this fascinator I used 12'', because I wanted it to cover most of the face. I left the pointed part of the base bare to show off the pearl bead design.
|In this picture you can see the two different kinds of fabric used for the flowers and the petals.|