I finally got the nerve up to start covering my Lizzy Bennet bonnet with the fabulous silk tulle. Can I just say that silk tulle is sooooooo NOT like polyester tulle! It is sticky...like clingy sticky...which is a really weird sensation to work with! But, I carried on and bot it covered!
I also worked on the orange blossom circlet that goes around the base of the crown. Originally, I was going to get some reproduction orange blossoms from Lacis
, but remembered I had two small antique orange blossom corsages in my wedding collection. I took apard and used them to make the circlet. I also waxed some small antique leaves to add to the mix because I didn't have enough of the orange leaves. It was rather easy. I just melted a white candle in a double boiler and dipped them! I may do some more for a future project!
|Tulle sewn down at crown base and pinned and ready to sew at crown tip! I am loving the airy feel of this fabulous tulle!|
|Wonderfully sweet waxed orange blossom corsages...|
|Another view in different lighting....|
|Disassembled corsages and waxed leaves|
|Using several screen caps from the movie, I made the circled as close the the original as I could...|
|I adore waxed orange blossoms! They are one of my favorite things about Victorian weddings!|
|I think if I had an orange tree, I would wax orange blossoms all the time!!|
Tuesday I finished sewing the tulle onto the frame and made the silk top for the crown on the hat and put on the flower circlet. I now just need to find some 4" wide lace for the under brim and I will be done with the wedding bonnet! I cannot wait!
Wherever did you find those gorgeous orange blossoms?! This is just lovely, and perfection! Can't wait to see the finished project!ReplyDelete
Hello there! I found these blossoms at local antique stores years ago and added them to my antique wedding collection. They have sat under a glass dome for years and just now found a home!Delete
Lovely, Gina!! I am always so impressed with your ability to mold wire and fabric into fabulous hats! (Have you ever thought of making a sheer bonnet like the ones in one of my favorite movies, The Young Victoria?) This is going to be fabulous when it is completely finished! Anneliese :)ReplyDelete
Thank you for your wonderful compliment! Oh yes...I have a couple of the hats from The Young Victoria that I want to make...the two black mourning bonnets that Victoria and her Aunt Queen Adelaide wear when they visit Buckingham Palace!! Swoon!!!! LOVE those two... among others!
I'll have to remember to look for antique corsages and steal your secret. Adorable!ReplyDelete
Thank you Val! Yes, I buy little corsages all the time because you never know what you can use them for!Delete
I would love to find some of the wax orange blossoms to make into a wreath for my daughters wedding. Do you have any ideas how I should go about this??ReplyDelete
Janet Van Sicklen e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello Janet! I found my waxed orange blossoms on eBay, Etsy, in antique stores and was gifted a hair piece by a friend. I would suggest searching Etsy and eBay and also an online store called Laci's. They hand dip orange blossoms and have kits that you can put together. Here is the address!!Delete
The orange blossom kits are about half way down the page!
I hope that helps!