What's the coolest thing about a royal wedding? It's not the dress — snooze — or the guest list — Victoria Beckham, really? — or the Senior British Correspondents all the American television networks trot out to bask in their expert analysis. It's the hats, stupid! The glorious, creative, towering, ridiculous, fancy, very very very pretty HATS. In this post, find out how to make a perfectly tolerable approximation of a feathered fascinator in the privacy of your own home, in just 84 easy steps.
I've been making fascinators since one day in the summer of 2008 when I got really bored and decided to teach myself how to stick feathers onto things. I went on a bit of a fascinator spree that fall — I made one for my best friend in New Zealand, I made a bunch of them as holiday gifts, I think I even made one for Moe — and I wore my own heaps. Then I started seeing girls on the L wearing them, and then I saw fascinators for sale at Urban Outfitters, and I got kind of annoyed. (And then annoyed with myself for being annoyed, for being that person who's all like "I've been wearing fascinators since before they were cool, sigh.") So I went back to sewing, knitting, and plotting how I might one day make my own shoes. (Any pointers on that, email me.) But fascinators are great! Because they're less formal than hats, they're versatile as accessories, and they're small, so they're quick and easy to make. Click any photo to enlarge.
I had all of these things lying around (I find you never know when you'll need a piece of fusible interfacing or ten centimeters of feather trim, and also I hate throwing things away), but if you are running low in your supplies, you might consider stopping by a reputable notions store. If you live somewhere where your only craft retail (craftail? Cretail?) options are the benighted duo of Jo-Ann's and Michael's, know that the wonderland that is M&J Trimmings (where I bought these feathers, in '08 or so) maintains a great online store. Be careful: I can't so much as look at that stuff without spending fifty bucks, easy.