Yes, one of the really fun things about historical ss outfits are the HATS. OMG. HATS!!! Those were the days!When I had a reproduction 1880 habit custom made (princess cut jacket, gored skirt, from a museum pattern, constructed in lightweight wool gabardine in midnight blue) I also sought out a milliner to reproduce the museum piece hat. She constructed something closely akin to your drawing, with illusion veil and egret feather, in white. You know, I paid quite a bit for that hat but the milliner's stories and pictures in her studio were well worth the price - she was the milliner who worked with costume designed Edith Head in the 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's in Hollywood. A million and a half wonderful stories...this woman was in her eighties and still crafting scrumptious hats. She missed her locale calling - should have moved to Louisville to make derby hats!And where is that riding habit now? After I ... ah ... "outgrew" the habit thanks to steroid treatments for asthma which makes a person quite, um, "fluffy", I sold it to a wonderful equine-rescue lady to use as a bridal outfit for her all-on-horseback wedding!
Well - at least it went to someone who used it at the highest echelon of glamour!! Surely though - you must have at least one picture of it????
Also - there is a lady nearby in a small town called Spring who used to design hats for Neiman Marcus. Some of hers are lovely..but also too pricey for me to consider. She also would do a special order hat if I so requested..
Julie - you might ask that milliner if she does hats at a special price for red hatters. While I'm sure you aren't in the red hat category yet, you will be someday - be ready. Plus this drop of wisdom: if a hat makes you look and more importantly FEEL gorgeous and feminine then whatever price it is - buy it.Yes I do have photos - taken pre-digital days, will try to scan and send via e-mail and let you figure out how to post them if you wish.
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