Demi-Millinery: Make Your Own (Lovely) Hat ~ Veiled Springtime Bandeaux
Kylene from Samurai Mom and Miss Moss Demi-Millinery is here today to walk you through the creation of this “Veiled Springtime Bandeaux” (the perfect, fancy spring hat). Learn more about Kylene in her introduction, and if you love the look but lack the time to create your own one-of-a-kind hat be sure to visit Miss Moss Demi-Millinery . If you’re ready to jump in, Kylene’s tutorial shows you all the steps for this light and spring-like look; the techniques she shows are also easily adaptable to the hat of your dreams.
Spring is here! Well, almost here… Maybe it will come sometime? Nevertheless it is time to start thinking spring even if it doesn’t feel like it outside. Believe it or not, birds will start building their nests and the bulbs will start coming up. Birdcage veils are very popular but can feel a bit overwhelming for most occasions which is why I love this Veiled Springtime Bandeaux.
Just like spring flowers it is a little bit Easter bonnet, slightly coquettish but very proper. If you make one you just might feel the need to buy some lace gloves.
Coordinating fabrics – I used 100% cotton but any plain weave fabric should work
Hand sewing needle
Hot glue sticks and hot glue gun
Russian Netting (also called Russian Veiling)
Find the selvage edge of the fabric and make a small snip about 1 ½ inches from the bottom. Grab both sides of the cut and rip the fabric. Repeat this step for the number of rosettes needed out of the different fabrics. These strips with torn edges will be what the rosettes are fashioned from.
Thread the needle and tie a knot. Fold the strip on half, wrong sides together, and put a running stitch through the folded ends, gather and stitch together, then fold under the ends to form the center of the rosette, holding the fabric in place, turn to the other side and stitch in place. The back of the rosette will be where all of the stitches are placed and the front will have no stitches.
When I make my stitches I take two stitches in the same place and pull fairly tightly.
Turn the rosette to the front and fold the strip of fabric to form a “petal” then turn to the backside and take a secure stitch. Alternate the folds buy pitting some on top and some beneath. Occasionally give the fabric a twist in place of a fold. Repeat this step over and over until the desired size is reached.
My rosettes measure approximately 2 inches.
As the rosette grows start paying attention to how round the rosette is (or is not). The shape and feel of the rosette can be determined by altering the fold, fold frequency and how rounded or pointy the folds are.
When the rosette is the desired size, cut off the remaining fabric and fold the last of the strip under to the back. Stitch the end of the strip with and overcast stitch.
Gather the pearl beads and some thread that matches the beads. Thread the needle with a double thread and tie a knot. From the back put the needle through the center of the rosette, add the bead. Stitch through the bead two times taking care that the threads all pull down tightly, then bring the thread up in the center again and sew the next bead. Repeat again. Tie a knot in on the back.
The rosette is now finished. Make two more rosettes. Sew them to each other on the back side with a quick overcast stitch.
Take the sewn rosette chain and cut a piece of matching felt that is slightly smaller than the shape of the rosettes. Set the felt aside for a moment.
The Birdcage Veil:
Lay out the Russian Netting. The bottom edge has a strong finished edge, squares join each of the cells. When cutting the net try to cut right in the middle of the squares to preserve the cells and make sewing easier.
My chain of rosettes measured 5 ½ inches which is equal to nine cells of the net. I cut twelve cells of the net for this bandeaux. This piece of net came nine inches wide; I cut down the center of a row of cells so I had a piece of net that was 12 x 11 cells.
Thread the needle with a double thread and tie a knot in the bottom corner of the bottom cell. Then weave the needle through each cell up the side of the netting. Stitch through all the cells a couple of times and tie a knot. Repeat this on the other edge.
The netting will now look like a funky shell/pod.
Pick up the chain of rosettes and position the cut edge of the netting along the long edge of the rosettes and stitch to the bottom of the chain. Stitch the ends of the netting first and then go along stitching each cell along the cut edge to the rosettes.
Decide where to position the rosettes on the headband, place the rosettes face down and then run a bead of glue on the headband on the topside where the rosettes will be placed. Carefully and quickly place the headband on the rosettes rolling the glued headband onto the rosettes.
Add glue to the back of the rosettes and headband, then place the felt on top of the glue. Add glue to any loose places on the felt and trim as needed. Be careful not to get glue on the netting or to snip the netting with the scissors.
Try on the bandeaux and be fantastique!
For a different look it is possible to flip the veiling over the top of the rosettes.
Enjoy your Veiled Springtime Bandeaux!…
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