Slowly but surely, hats and fascinators seem to be making their way back onto modern noggins. Once an essential part of daily fashion, with the exception of baseball caps and winter headgear, they were relegated to the dress-up bin by the time I was growing up.
On second thought, I suppose there was that brief romance with the Blossom hat…but I’m not about to get even remotely misty-eyed about its demise.
Anyway, what I’m trying to say here is that hats are cool again, thanks in part to the royal wedding and thanks in another part to cranium-decor boredom. Scrunchies, banana clips and headbands could only sustain us for so long.
Last week, I had the pleasure of being invited to a Make Your Own Fascinator course at The Makehouse. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I assumed glue guns and cheap feathers would be part of the equation.
This is Tierre Taylor, the professional milliner who teaches the course. She is – surprise! – extremely pro-hat and wears one practically every day.
Tierre’s fascinator course did not involve even one glue gun. Our fascinators were all sewn by hand, which resulted in what I can only expect will be a much longer lasting product. I recently bought a “fascinator” at a market and it fell apart before I even wore it once. I feel like such a schmuck now that I see how easily one can craft their own dazzling head bling!
There were three other girls in the class, none of which I’d met before but all were instantly friendly. Helga here wisely brought a dress to inspire her fascinator. What a great idea if you’re attending a fancy event!
Tierre comes with company – the “Susans,” as I have decided to call them. They’re cool vintage-looking heads upon which you model your fascinator. Makes so much more sense than awkwardly looking in a mirror and potentially stabbing your scalp with pins!
Tierre supplies all the materials and encourages her students to find an individual style.
We started by building a base with wool felt. The sky was the limit in terms of shape and colour. You can get really crazy with fascinators, as the princesses Beatrice and Eugenie are well aware.
Once we’d established our shapes, we chose our embellishments – lace, feathers, netting, beads, etc.
These were all hand-sewn onto the bases.
And…drumroll please…here are the results:
This might actually be the most fun I’ve ever had in a workshop. Making a fascinator was creatively satisfying and it brought out a bit of flamboyance in all of the participants. It was challenging but not frustrating, and the length of the workshop was perfect. I think everybody there had an absolute blast.
Get ready, Victoria, the fascinators are coming!
The next fascinator course at The Makehouse will take place on May 2.