Monday, September 28, 2015

Fall Fruits and Foliage











I have teased this bountiful berry hat quite a few times on my Instagram, and here it is finally being worn! While compiling the Hat Histories post for Elsa Schiaparelli, I fell even more head over heels for this berry festooned hat and knew I had to make a fruity hat for fall! My version turned out quite different due to budget constraints as I couldn't just splash out on all vintage millinery berries to match the Schiaparelli hat. In fact most of my berries are from the fall area at Joanns floral department, I painted some of them to get the colors I wanted! I have some photos from the process if those would be something you guys would like to see? Let me know and I'll throw a post together about making this hat!

The deep green wool for the hat is actually scrap wool from making the skirt I'm wearing in these photos last year. I had to take in the waist of this skirt for the second time since first constructing it, I had way over compensated when adding ease to the pattern due to the thickness of the wool when I first made it. I also ran some top-stitching down the sides to hold the seam allowances in place inside so the sides would lay more smooth while it's being worn. The sweater is one of two I picked up from Forever 21, I got another in the same style but in dark grey. They are a bit thin, but that is a good thing when it comes to layering for unpredictable Colorado weather! I liked that the neckline was a bit higher on these so I can wear my brooches with ease. Though you can't really tell in these photos, the brooch I have on is a cute little owl!

Since I was recently talking about color palettes and stepping out of my comfort zone with color; I'd like to note that red accessories were not my first thought for this outfit, but when I tried the belt I just loved the way it looked! My red suede heels match the belt perfectly and the whole ensemble just fell into place, I love it when that happens!

I hope you all are having a lovely start to fall, anyone catch a glimpse of that blood moon last night?

Hat: Made by me
Skirt: Made by me
Belt: Vintage
Shoes: Nine West
Sweater: Forever 21 (here)
Brooch & Earrings: Vintage

14 comments:

  1. This Schiaparelli hat is one of my all-time favorites! I like that yours is a little more toned down, though- I could actually get away with wearing it. Schiaparelli's? Not so much.

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    1. Thanks Shauna! Though I would happily wear the Schiaparelli version anytime if the MET decided to open a lending policy! :)

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  2. Oh my <3 So lovely look! That hat is awesome

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  3. The fall colours are really coming out where you are, we are a little behind I think. What a gorgeously season-appropriate outfit, it's making me think of crunchy leaves underfoot and mugs of hot chocolate.
    xx

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    1. Thanks Porcelina! The colors are out in the higher elevations, down here in Denver we still have at least a week or so before things really get going!

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  4. That hat is so so amazing. I am in love with your ensemble but that hat... amazing!

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    1. Thank you Nora! If I had all the time in the world I would make lots of hats like this one to sell on Etsy, perhaps one day!

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  5. Wonderful hat, Bianca! It's interesting that the berries are different shades, and the trimmings look fantastic.

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    1. Thanks Ellie! I painted some of them because it was hard to find blue berries anywhere, nothing a bit of acrylic paint couldn't fix!

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  6. Seriously incredible hat and photos! I love your ingenuity and how very vintage approved it is that you worked with what you had and could afford to create this show stoppingly stellar chapeau. Awesome work, dear gal!

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Thank you Jessica! The larger cherries in the center of the hat are vintage, as are the shiny black leaves but the rest are modern berries from Michaels. Vintage berries are so nice but can be quite pricey on Etsy if you need a lot like I did for this hat!

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  7. Wow! Such amazing photos! For a huge autumn lover like myself all these colours are such a joy to look at. This is a great outfit and I absolutely love the hat. I would really enjoy a post showing how you made it.

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    1. Thank you Kate! I too love fall colors, I'll have to dig out those photos!

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