Monday, November 26, 2012

Custom Hat(s) Made To Order!

This is one of my favorite "go-to" hats when I want to wear a hat but don't want to be over-the-top.  

I also love that (like the dragon cloche), it's short enough to wear while in the car (unlike my fabulous faux bird hats, which are so tall that I have to take them off before getting into a vehicle).

I am now offering the Dragon Cloche as a custom order hat: you choose your felt color, dragon color, and fire color!

Finally, I was lucky enough to purchase an amazingly rare lot of 7 vintage faux millinery birds!  I am going to be taking custom orders for tilt topper hats (or any other hat design you like!) utilizing these striking decorations.  Please contact me through the Etsy store for details and prices.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Another Finished Hat!

As you may recall, I created a fabulous little dragon cloche hat to match my also-fabulous 1940s beaded dragon dress.  Well, I had such a positive response about that hat, that I decided to begin creating it as a custom order in my Etsy store.  The only problem: finding a dragon.  The dragon used on the original hat was a one-of-a-kind piece that I could never hope to replicate.  So, I decided to make my own dragon appliques out of vintage sequins and seed beads.  Here is the result...

Newest Frankie

I'm in love...



Monday, November 12, 2012

Puttin' on the Ritz!

Just another Sunday...

Heading out to a wedding in grand vintage style!

Monday, November 05, 2012

Stepping Out with STYLE!

Yes, I realize I've been awfully quiet lately...I won't bore you with the details.  Instead, I'll scintillate your senses with pictures of my latest millinery endeavor!:

The Dragon Hat

I purchased the most A-M-A-Z-I-N-G 1940s black rayon dress with silver beaded dragon design from Magpie in Portland while on my vacation last October.  I had been meaning to make a hat worthy of this dress ever since, but could not find a dragon decoration that I liked!  Finally, after ages spent trolling the internet, I came across this adorable little silver embroidered dragon (I am pretty sure it came off of an antique tapestry).  I used curled and dyed peacock tail feathers as the "fire," and (using a piece of ~1940s black wool felt) constructed a sculpted cloche.  I hand-beaded the cloche's sculpted ridges with silvery seed beads.

Saturday night was my friend's Bachelorette Party. I decided this was a perfect excuse to "Premiere" my lovely dragon hat as part of the complete vintage ensemble...