I have to say this has been a fun month. Really enjoying taking the time to photograph all my sewing endeavors. Gives me a sense of satisfaction to see first-and-foremost how much my skills have improved as well as to see projects completed.
Today’s DIY is a regal, black canotier. Now if you look up “canotier” in a dictionary, you will learn that it is associated with sail fabric or a sailor’s hat, of which a straw boater is common. But in the magical land that is Lolita Fashion, a canotier is a round lacy headdress. Some have a long ribbon used to tie it around one’s head with the knot under the chin. Others, have clips or combs attached to the back to secure them easily to one’s hair.
I started with a black silk and cotton blend fabric that has a wonderful woven texture. One of those subtle details that I love so much. The crown was picked up in the NYC fashion district at Joyce Trimming. There are so many great trim shops, but Joyce is one of my faves for patches and embellishments. It is also dangerously close to Kinokuniya, so well within my stomping grounds. The rose lace and black ribbon came from my second favorite trim shop, Daytona Trimming. I am madly in love with cats, but also deathly allergic to them. So I have to give warning that, if you too are allergic, be ready to dash in and out of Daytona as quickly as possible. Know what you want to buy or suffer a major allergy flare up as they let their cats have the run of the shop.
I started this project way back in April. You might recall it from my J-Weekend post. The reason it is only now being posted is that I just couldn’t find the exact clip for the back. I finally settled on this round one that has both an alligator clip and a pin clasp. Barrettes never stay in place on my super fine hair, so it had to be an alligator clip. But I also wanted the flexibility to wear it as a pin over a dress or cardigan.
So there you have it. My Crown Jubilee Canotier!
P.S. Congrats to Queen Elizabeth II on 60 amazing years!