Henrietta Maria's Hat




This hat was part of the costume for Henrietta Maria I made, taken from a portrait by Van Dyck in 1633. The hat was blocked from a wool felt capeline - I would have liked to use a fur felt, but unfortunately there weren't any I could find in a large enough size within the budget. I made a buckram block for it, and steam blocked it. The brim is wired, and the front and back of the brim are cocked, by steaming. It is trimmed with a bias cut strip of matching fabric for the dress, and a matching rosette of wire edged ribbon as well as the potassium dyed ostrich feather.

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