Watch any Jane Austen movie and one will see a plethora of straw hats, most minimally decorated or not decorated at all beyond the securing chin ties. We are familiar with the common shapes but based on the period fashion plates, straw hats came in a vast array of shapes. Visit my Pinterest for numerous boards containing fashion plates and extant examples from the period to see what I mean: www.pinterest.com/sharonlathan62
I spied this adorable straw hat at a local consignment shop. Immediately my mind envisioned creating a lovely and very unique design for the fashion-forward lady.
The green and black plaid fabric is a soft cotton sewn to create the long chin ties and as a band around the inside of the crown. Maintaining the simplicity, the front brim of the hat is adorned with a cluster of red and green feathers sprouting from a red and green ribbon flower. The finishing touch is a gold, pearl button for the flower’s center.
The hat from front brim edge to back is 10.5”. The crown opening measures 23” circumference with some give for a larger head size.