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So, when I got invited to another pirate party I was immediately haunted by the ghosts of pirate costumes past. Strange and terrifying ghosts they were, terrible to behold. Never again I swore, never again would I try to be a 'realistic' pirate only to find myself appallingly uncomfortable and unattractive to boot. This time I would be the cutest pirate you ever did see, this time I would be a pin-up pirate. I needed just one thing. Just one perfect accessory. The smallest tricorn hat evah!


The only flaw in my otherwise completely brilliant plan is that I don't really know how to make hats. As such I ended up approaching this more as some kind of crazy prop making exercise. Just as well it didn't need to actually fit over my head. I used a core of aluminium wire mesh in a sandwich of felt. I built a raised 'crown' from circles of batting and then covered the whole with black velvetine. My crappy Warehouse mesh decided to break at some point around here so I ended up wiring the brim as well. Fortunately for my sanity that worked fine and the hat held its shape. I used satin bias binding to cover the edges and then it was all about the trim, baby!

I found a trim that had a double row of diamantes in a black surround that really brought the bling. The little heart is an ex-earing from a bag of junk jewelery my father gave me a while ago. The spectacular striped feathers were also courtesy of my father (they're real, not dyed! omg!). Pirates have no sense of too much, and neither do pin-up girls so I just kept trimming and my hat also gained a ribbon at the back (scavenged off some long ago present) and a veil. The veil, I am sad to say, still needs some work. It's really too long and the shape isn't quite right. Unfortunately it needs to be cut on my head and I'm not game to do that in a mirror (come back, Giffy! I need you!). The whole thing from start to finish took me about a week.

My wee tricorn is fastened to my head just by a comb, which I think technically makes it a fascinator. I'm hoping the local fascinator-haters will forgive my poor wee hat and not come after it with scissors. :P Photos courtesy of the dread Cap'n Dagger, post typed up courtesy of my long suffering, much put upon Jarratt, as my hand is still not better.







I love my hat. ^__^

Date: 2008-11-24 10:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seraphs-folly.livejournal.com
So verrah cute! :)

Date: 2008-11-24 11:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] evie-fae.livejournal.com
Thank you! ^^

Date: 2008-11-24 11:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentbear.livejournal.com
glad some of the photos were usable

Date: 2008-11-24 11:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] evie-fae.livejournal.com
Not merely useable, but rather gorgeous! I think that first one might be my 'official' pic for a little while, online. It was about time I got a new one. ^^
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Date: 2008-11-24 11:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] evie-fae.livejournal.com
Thank you! It was really fun to make, too. Exciting new challenge type fun. ^__^

Date: 2008-11-24 10:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] giffydoll.livejournal.com
Mini-hats kick fascinator arse, whether they are held by combs or mad pinning skillz.

I *love* it. Also, wiring the brim is the way to go, so awesomes :)

Rest of pin-up pirate costume please? I hope there are short-shorts involved ;)

Less than a month until I'm back <3

Date: 2008-11-24 11:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] evie-fae.livejournal.com
Yay! You were very much in my thoughts while I was making it. It's a bit of a Giffle project. ^^

Unfortunately... there are no photos of the full look. I fail. :( However, I'm happy to be able to tell you that short-shorts were a key component of my outfit! Although in the photos I'd just put my little velvet jacket on before I popped outdoors, I was wearing my black corset with my grey shorts, striped black and white stockings, and tiny turn-down top high heel boots with ribbons at the back. I was way overdressed compared to other attendees, and I didn't give a damn since I looked fabulous. ;)

Can't wait to see you again! <3

Date: 2008-11-25 03:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] giffydoll.livejournal.com
Thank-you for total outfit run down. You look fabulous in my imagination, so I'm certain I imagine accurately ;)

You should at least take corset/hat combo look for your sewing portfolio! See, you mention needing a sewing portfolio and I start thinking about it immediately.

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