Hatinator for Dundee Mother of the Bride
Being a Mother of the Bride is such an important occasion, it deserves an extra special hat, fascinator or hatinator to finish off your carefully selected outfit. There are many options available, and even if you have difficult colours to match, don’t tend to be keen on wearing hats, or don’t think you suit wearing something on your head, there is always an option out there for you! I hear these various things regularly when designing Mother of the Bride fascinators, hats and hatinators – not to mention the equally important Mother of the Groom or other wedding guests.
Susan approached me (along with her daughter Lizzie, who is a featured bride in a previous post – we made her bespoke tulle veil), with one of these three issues; the colour matching would be a challenge and it was important to introduce silver into the hatinator to try to add some contrast between the shade of lilac/purple she was wearing and that of the the bridesmaid’s dresses.
In the end, we opted for a metallic silver hat base, using my classic ‘Ally’ fascinator/hat design, which complemented Susan’s accessories perfectly. I trimmed the very edge of the hat in lilac to give additional continuity between the fasciantor and the rest of Susan’s outfit.
In order to create more of a hat or hatinator shape and less of a flat fascinator shape, we decided that building up the height at the central section of the piece would give this necessary hat-type illusion.
Firstly, we went for a veiling trim in lilac, using the same type of material used in birdcage veil, with just a little of the fabric falling over the of the hat to give an elegant, classic feel to the overall look.
I then added crinoline in lilac and silver grey in bow shapes to the top of the hat.
At the very centre of the hat loops of sinamay in the same lilac shade as the trim going around the edge of the hat were sewn in place.
Peeking out from the sinamay loops were teardrop coq feathers in silver grey and as a final finishing touch, light amethyst Swarovski crystals clustered right in the centre were added for some sparkle!
Thank you so much to both Susan and Lizzie for commissioning me! It was wonderful meeting you both, discussing your requirements and coming up with two really cracking, classic designs!