When I saw that Kentucky Derby Hat was on the last of the Refashion Runway challenges, I was ecstatic. Every year I refashion a hat to wear during my annual Kentucky Derby Party. My personal goal was to make it far enough into the competition to be able to make the Derby hat….and I made it!
I had this hat laying around since last year’s derby refashion. Plus every Derby hat needs a fashionable dress to match!
I grabbed some fabric spray paint (which is super fun to use) from JoAnn’s. I sprayed underneath the brim with the white paint and the whole outside with the rose gold paint (swoon!)
Over the years I have accumulated a basket FULL of faux flowers from Michaels, JoAnns, Hobby Lobby and even Dollar Tree! I took a look through my stash of faux flowers and found a few pieces that I think would tie my hat to my floral dress!I added this beautiful pearl and sheer ribbon I also had stashed in my ribbon box!
While the white paint underneath the brim was still wet I laid the hat down on some white lace material I had and carefully cut the width of the hat out. Let that dry!
I cut 3 long pieces of this silver sparkle tulle and folded them accordion style and stitched the ends together.
Now to fire up the hot glue gun! I began piecing my hat arrangement together. First some pink cattails and the silver sparkle tulle.Some feathers and blue flowers.Roses to match the dress material.Lastly, I finished up adding the flowers and leaves. I always like to make my arrangements on the back of the hat.
The Dress:I removed the sleeves and cut the dress at the waistline.
The front of the dress had buttons, which I removed and stitched together the front seams. Then took the sides in and cropped it short (bold move for myself)!
Since the Kentucky Derby is a spring sport, what better way than to celebrate spring fashion than with a wrap skirt! The original dress came with was matching sash. I sewed a casing at the top of the dress to fit the original sash. On one side of the dress, I made a buttonhole, which will be used to thread the sash through so it can be tied together.
Hey Y’All it’s Derby Time! (Not really, it’s February and 18 degrees outside Burr!)
I paired my hat and dress with these vintage shoes that were my mother’s wedding shoes and then my wedding shoes 🙂
I told you making Derby hats is my most favorite thing! Here are my past hats and now my most current hat!
Don’t forget to vote for this week’s challenge!