If you haven’t got a Derby day hat, your outfit just isn’t complete. Instead of spending big money on a new hat, add your own DIY flair to the design. This way, you can save your cash for betting on the race.
Unless you’re also a haberdasher (that means hatmaker), you should start with a good base for your Derby hat or fascinator.
Big beach hats and other types of straw hats make great bases for DIY Derby hats. It’s easy to find plain, unadorned hats of this type at clothing stores in spring. If you really need a discount, try a secondhand shop. If you buy second hand, you may want to replace the lining. Cut out a circle of fabric that’s big enough to cover the inside of the hat. Stitch it into place around the inner edge of the brim. Fabric glue, rather than stitches, makes for a quick shortcut.
Carefully cut away any existing flowers or ribbon that may be on the hat so you can add your own embellishments. Now you’re ready to work.
Dollar stores and other discount stores often have inexpensive silk flowers and flower arrangements. Buy the blossoms you like. Most of the blossoms come right off the stems, but if they give you any trouble simply cut the stems away as close to the blossom as possible. A piece of ribbon, 1 to 3 inches thick, may also be in order. You can obtain ribbon at any crafts store, and some department stores have a selection of ribbon as well.
The ribbon should go around the base of the round midsection of your DIY Derby hat . Tie a bow in the ribbon if you want, or simply create a smooth sweep around the hat. Use a hot glue gun to secure your ribbon.
Flowers should be glued and pinned into place. Use safety pins so you don’t wind up sticking yourself in the head. Arrange the flowers so the pin doesn’t show. Hat flowers can be pinned just about anywhere you want to achieve a desired effect. Pin the flowers above the brim, below the brim, on the rim, or anywhere else creativity dictates. Make sure your mind is made up before you use the glue to cement their position. Once the glue dries, your Derby hat is ready to wear.
If you don’t want a large hat with a brim, you can always make your own fascinator. These small headpieces are being seen more and more at the Derby since the big Royal Wedding, and they’re still very stylish.
There are many ways to make your own fascinator , and it will only take a few minutes to get it done. Start with a hair clip that you like and a brand-new feather duster. Harvest feathers out of the duster and use a hot glue gun to secure them to your clip. Add beads and other ornaments as desired. When you’re ready, just clip the fascinator into place.
Still have clothes lying around from the 80s and 90s? Take the shoulder pad out of something, and you’ve got a great fascinator base. Cover it in fabric to match your dress, and sew the ends of the fabric together on the side that you will press against your head. Now add feathers, silk flowers, faux gems or anything else you want. Use bobby pins to secure the fascinator to your head.