The Three Steps To Make A Vintage Fascinator

Sunday 26 April 2015


I love the old fashioned hats and fascinators from the 50's and 60's. They are so lady-like, so pretty and just beautiful! Today I wanted to share with you some current makes and what a vintage fascinator means to me and the three steps to making yours!

I love looking through Pinterest and finding inspiration from the hats worn in the period. I could loose hours and hours just scrolling!

50's hat fashion
Yes, these are a little large for modern life but the ideas of adorning with fabric flowers in subtle colours is a great idea source.

~Hat, 1950s~ American Textile History Museum.
 I love this 1950's hat in bright pink with faux silk flowers trailing down the sides. And with these sources I have designed a few fascinators to reflect the period.

1950's inspired fascinator
 This pink net and silk floral creation was made to show how the 1950's and 1960's trend for big hats and bright colours can be translated into a smaller fascinator to be worn for a hen party or Wedding. I always use odd numbers on the my fascinators and in my Crafternoon classes you can make one just like this!

vintage covered buttons

I always try and use vintage buttons in my makes, these I found a few weeks ago at a vintage fair and teamed up with pearls would look great.  Above is a work in progress from my desk last week.

 The essence of a vintage fascinator needs to have the following three elements -

1. A fabric covered base to look like the hats and fascinators worn at the time. Covering with net or pleats add an extra vintage point or two!

2. Net to add that finished polished look. Adding widow's net or netting either on the fascinator or just peaking out from the base is oh to pretty!

3. Flowers either silk or handmade fabric flowers. You can't beat a flower or two for that retro touch.

Add net to your make to give that retro touch!

I'm really lucky to have my Mum around to tell me all about fashions from the era and I check everything through her, the colours, the shapes and the decorations.

Currently I am preparing for a vintage fascinator making Crafternoon Tea Party in a few weeks time.

Next   time I'll be taking what Boho means to me and here is a sneaky peak....

Boho floral crowns

Have a great Sunday!


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