Step 1: Assess what type of hat needs to be made, and how it could be approached. The Assistant Designer/Draper gave me this image saying she was interested in creating this hat, with the detachable diadem at the top of the temple.
Step 2: I decided to use carpet padding for the base of the hat, because its thick enough it will retain the shape. After measuring the actress' headsize, I cut a triange with a rounded edge (that will go across her backside hairline), and a nice pointed tip that will go against her temple of her head. I took some millinery wire and zig-zagged it on the edges of the carpet padding, for extra stability and so it could be adjustable to a different headsize.
Step 4&5: After hat is completely dry, I unpinned the hat and started attaching the fabric to the hat. Before I attached the outside fabric , I placed a magnet on the inside of the hat for the detachable diadem (that was also attached to a magnet) for it to be taken off easily during the performance. After this, I then sewed the fabric on the outside of the hat, and then attached a veil that was requested to go on top. After this step, I then attached the lining.
Step 6: Attaching the trim, and finishing up. I slip stitched silver trim along the side edges of the hat to enhance the curve of the hat. After this step, the hat was ready to wear!
For Richard III: I patterned and constructed a leather skull cap for Lord Tyrell. I hand sewed embellishments around the brim. The designer was interested in making the skull cap not seem perfect, so imperfections were incouraged in terms of putting it together. This was sewn on an industrial sewing machine.
Step 1-4: Cut/Sew six triangular skull cap pieces. The pieces will eventually round out. After all pieces are attached, put on wig head and trim the long ends to match up even. I was short on leather pieces for this priject, so I attached scrap pieces from the leather that I had and attached them to make out the brim band.
Step 5: Hand Embellished gold trim along the sides of the brim.
I patterned and created two bishop miter hats for the Bishops in Richard III.
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Step 3- Finishing: Stitch the trim down along the tails of the hats. After this is done, I pressed and stitched the white edges of the hats down, so the end of the hat was the red and gold trim. I then attached the tails on the back pieces only. After this I then slips stitched the hats together.