08 June 2011

Una Toppers

This inspirational photo from 1963 Vogue was seen in Herecomesthesky's Flickr photostream.

I love the shape of these hats and wanted to try and recreate it. With some raffia still on hand and one Blythe boater under my belt, it seemed an easy enough task.

In retrospect, it might look more accurate if the raffia was finer, or the gauge tighter. But the profile is close enough. Una's version is a little more curved through the brim and the brim itself is bigger. Take two will have to address these issues and aim to be truer to the original but the general principles for shaping the hat have been established. Now Una can brave the fierce sun of the tropics!

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