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Friday, November 19, 2010

Regency Bonnet Commission part 3

It is time to build the crown of the hat...this is the top part of the hat, verses the brim which circles around the head. I am using buckram and millinery wire for the base of this. After building the crown, it is time to put the fabric around the outside. I usually build a solid top for the crown, but with this style, I wanted to make an open crown with silk cinched into a small open circle. The fabric for the crown is pleated using a Clotilde perfect pleater board. You insert the fabric into the louver slots and then iron them. After they cool off, you pull out the fabric from the board, and it is equally pleated. It's a great tool.

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