Wednesday, July 25, 2012

DYI Special Bonus ~ Gail Carriger Makes A Silly Hat out of a Crochet Petit Fours

So when I was in Portland on book tour a little while ago, I had two signings back-to-back in the same location, Fashionable Reader. Don't ask. Some adorable young ladies met me the first night and we got to chatting about knitting and crochet. Well, off they went and the next night returned only to present me with the cutest little crochet petit fours.

Well, I loved them and they made appearances at several tea events as decorative table elements. Then I saw this advertisement:

I was inspired! What else to do with a fiber art petit four but turn it into a hat!

So I took the larger of the two, some button thread, and a hairband I picked up for cheap at Ross and just stitched it on.

I must say that the hat was very much admired at Comic Con and this is my new favorite thing. I have a whole collection of headbands from Ross and my new instinct whenever I see a silly object is . . . can I make a tiny hat out of it? I'm getting very Ivy-ish in my old age in wanting to put everything on my head.

See a silly object? Just ask yourself. What would Ivy do? Forget Tim Gunn's "Make it Work." Make it into a hat!

And then drink tea wearing it, of course!

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  1. I actually had a silly headgear thing in college. Any time I had a test I wore something funny on my head. Googly eyes, kitten ears, stuffed birds... it was all on!

  2. Tiny hats are also very sTEAmpunk-ish.

    Dianne / Ladydi
    sTEAmy Queenie Di
    TEA TRAMPS RHS Chapter

  3. Thank you for making this into a hat!!! I made it originally and am excessively pleased with it's new life.

    1. Oh, yay! I'm so glad you came out of the woodwork so I could say thank you. It was very well received.

  4. The dress reminds me of a green one my mother made me when I was in sixth grade. What I like best about yours is that it doesn't pull at the arm holes (and show your lingerie), which indicates well-placed darts. The least fashionable thing about the late '6os and all the '70s was the utter lack of darts and tailoring in general. They thought new fabrics removed the need. Ha!


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