This is the current state of my kitchen
Somewhere behind all the boxes is where I have my sewing area.
That said I've been limited to smaller projects, and I decided to try my hands on hatmaking. I'm also going to a Ladies of the Legions' High Tea at Star Wars Celebration and felt that if all else fails when it comes to costuming, I can at least wear a nice hat.
I got inspired by this type of 1950's hat, that I've learnt is called a half-hat.
I started with a simple, rounded diamond shape, with a slightly larger front than back.
This is before the blocking.
Then I added millinery wire along the edges, sewing it on by hand with buttonhole stitches. By bending the wire I got the hat to hold in a permanent shape that I wanted.
I also did the last steps at our regular cosplay meet up, and we realized that using buckram and millinery wire I had created a really lightweight shoulder armor that you can sew on. Maybe something for the future...