This week at our modaFix refashion class at Hullabaloo craft centre, we created our own hats. Our creations are petite disk shaped fascinators, which are becoming increasingly popular at weddings and the races.We used sinamay bases, sewed felt, lace and fabric, as well as upcycling preloved clothing. We used glue guns too to secure the crocodile clips, but you can also use hair bands, hair clips/slides or hair combs. You regularly see hair combs used, but I find these difficult to style and hold in place. Crocodile clips and hair bands are your best bet.
Once we had our bases ready with our chosen colour scheme, it was time to decorate. We used old, unwanted accessories and costume jewellery to embellish our hats. I love to reimagine and rework preloved jewellery and clothing.
The peacock feathers are from dramatic, oversized, statement earrings that a modaFix reader gave to us. She knew these materials were going to a good home! The blue gems are from a bejewelled neckpiece that was attached to a jumper of mine. All you do is separate the gem stones from the chain with a pliers!
Get creative. Reimagine & repurpose your accessories to create something new!
The monochromatic look is a classic. Maria layered black lace on black felt over sinamay and sewed on white and gold vintage look buttons, which I sourced in The Laden Showroom (home to independent designers), Bricklane, London. I’ve always loved to stock up on supplies and trimmings when I visit different cities to add to my collection.
The black birdcage netting was from a photoshoot I did for a hairdressing salon back in the day. Haha. It was exciting to be part of but I remember being starving! They didn’t feed us for the whole day… I haven’t returned to the salon since!
I really like a small amount of birdcage netting on a headdress. I think it’s feminine and sexy. It screams old-school glamour.
This piece is a work in progress. The blue fabric was sewn meticulously and the netting secured with pins in a complex, architectural design. This lady is an architect! Her thoughtful friend booked her onto our course as a Christmas gift!
We reused lots of different resources to custom make our headpieces. One girl even brought along an old wedding veil to refashion!
Classes are enjoyable and it’s a mutual learning experience. I love to see what the girls come up with as very often they choose colours, designs and fabrics that I myself would never opt for.