The construction details are pretty simple. Straw Hat? Check. Silk Taffeta? Check. Silk Gauze (aka organza)? Check.
Pretty much, you cover the brim with a donut of fabric, then crinkle a large circle of taffeta in the middle on the crown, take some gauze and squish it there. Then cover the bottom (closest to the face) with your taffeta. Add ties. DONE.
I added a pleated ribbon of gauze to the crown of mine because there are a few pretty examples in some of my inspiration photos, and I wanted this hat to be slightly different than the one I made in Williamsburg.
All in all, I love the hat and recently ordered an antique ostrich plume to set atop it for a little more extravagance. My only complaint is it’s very large and my hair be equally as large to accommodate it. I’ll write another post, later, on how to make short hair (like mine) 18th century-fabulous. But in the mean time: DAT HAT!