Yesterday was the Kentucky Derby! Did you watch? In Kentucky, it is very popular to go to the Derby or gather at one of the many parties sure to be going on around town. Unfortunately, this year I couldn’t make it to derby. The photo that you see here is actually a beautifully photo shopped image of me made to appear as though I am at the Kentucky Derby! It was created by an artist named Bob Warren via Reddit Gets Drawn. Have you ever submitted a photo to Reddit Gets Drawn? It’s really fun! You post a photo of yourself and artists can choose to draw your photo and send it to you for free. So even though I was not actually at Derby, I still wanted to be festive and don my new hat. For construction details, read on.
The pattern for the hat comes from a darling book, Hat Shop, and includes 25 hat projects “from practical to fascinating.” I love this book. There are a ton of fun hat pattern books on Amazon. Have you tried your hand at millinery yet?
The striped fabric is either a duck or canvas that I purchased from Hobby Lobby. The hat itself is constructed with heavy weight interfacing. The heavier the better. It gets a little clumsy trying to sew the hat together since you have to bend the interfacing and pieces every which way to stitch the seams. Boy am I proud of my Husqvarna viking. She plowed through these heavy materials like a champ. Use a big needle. I think I used a 16 or 18.
The crown is lined with a black burlap trim and the hat is adorned with some feathers from the craft store. All in all I’m pleased. It reads very Audrey Hepburn to me. Yay! If you’re interested in hats I highly recommend this book. I’ve made a couple of fascinators from their patterns, as well. In fact, here’s my boyfriend and I at the Kentucky Derby last year:
This little hat is actually one of the first things I ever made several years ago. Hats are not as scary as they seem. Here’s her first debut:
I also made a fascinator and a dress for my gorgeous friend Kelly a few years ago:
In other news, summer feels like it’s in full force and I’ve been busy celebrating my 28th birthday, traveling, and picking up some new hobbies. I’ve recently started scrapbooking and now I’m completely addicted. Never considered myself much of the scrapbooking type, but after following A Beautiful Mess‘s blog I got inspired. They have awesome DIY projects on their site and they’re big on photography and scrapbooking. Now that everything’s digital these days and all my pictures go up on either Facebook or Instragram I don’t have any physical copies of anything. I love the idea of actually printing photos and preserving them in a beautifully designed book. I made my mom and my boyfriend’s mom Mother’s Day themed scrapbooks this year and it was really fun!
Any fellow scrapbookers out there? I also bought a new Fujifilm Instax wide instant film camera. So. Much. Fun. I very much encourage everyone to get one of these! Michaels has tons of the instax mini cameras in fun colors. We went to Nashville this past weekend and I took a bajillion photos. Here’s one of my favorite from the botanical gardens:
I also got to bust out my handmade pink playsuit all day Friday and prance around Nashville like a diva. And we went dancing!! It was just a stellar weekend. With summer travel picking up and my competing hobbies, sewing has taken a backseat these past few weeks. However, when in Nashville I did swing by an excellent fabric store, Textile Fabrics, Tennessee’s largest fabric fashion store. It’s the same fabric store where I bought this dreamy silk last year that I fashioned into my crop top/matching midi skirt combo:
I knew I’d want to return and stock up on some gorgeous new fabric. I spoiled myself and picked up four designer fabrics at 3 yards each.
This is a cotton silk and it feels divine. It kind of reminds me a cotton lawn only softer.
This was the most expensive fabric of the group at $32/yard. It’s silk. I plan to whip up the dreamiest summer sundress by the end of the season.
These next two are Milly fabrics. I’m so in love with this crazy geo print. It’s really heavy. I’m thinking a blazer jacket and maybe a matching skirt or high-wasited shorts to go with?
I also love this crazy Milly polyster print. Jack approves, too. So after spending all my money it was time to go back to Lexington. I have another sewing project ready to go on my cutting table. Hoping to show it off up here by the end of this month if all goes according to plan. Until next time!