yesterday was a lolita teaparty at the Austria art gallery (KHM). It was the perfect location and therefore I wanted to wear something special.
My outfit is rococo inspired and the best hair accessory would be a matching rococo hat, the bergere. It has a wide brim but a low crown and they were popular from the 1730s throughout the 18th century.
I started with a normal straw hat. It's a vintage hat and in good condition. Only the flower garland had a kind of washed out colour.
It does look better without the flowers.
The crown is too big for a bergere and this is where it will be cut.
You should have three separate hat pieces now. One brim part, one crown part and one middle part.
If you have a hat that is as wide as the whole on the brim part on the top, you can skip this part. My hat was a bit slimmer on the top than on the bottom and therefore I had to add a bit of straw on the top from the middle part.
To add straw to the top part, I opened the top part (the part which going downwards) until I only had the flat part. I pressed it flat and sewed everything on again. I then added a few centimetres from my middle part, which I also unstitched until I had only one piece of straw in my hand.
But after that I added the lace to the brim.
Afterwards all that is left is to decorate the hat. I recommend using a lot of ribbons and feathers.
And it's done! All in all it took me about 5 hours (I later remembered I could have sewn the lace with my sewing machine and save A LOT OF TIME).
I wore it to the teaparty and had a blast. I even won the best lolita coord, only because of the hat (in my opinion).
Tip before ending the entry:
Be aware on how secure your hat on your head. I was lucky because my hat had two small eyelets. I inserted a ribbon and I secured this ribbon with a lot of bobby pins to my head. It was also super windy outside and a big ribbon wrapped over the hat and tied under my chin helped it stay in place.
If you do not have that option, maybe a hair comb could help.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask me. I am aware of the fact that I am super bad at explaining stuff....
All the best,