Tuesday, September 21, 2010

How to Swirl - millinery tips & tricks

My good friend and teacher Montez taught me something last week that I just have to shout about - swirling! Actually, the way she put it to me was "You don't know swirling?! That's millinery 101!!!" 

Swirling is a trick that you do with a headband. Now, if you don't know exactly what a head band is it's the ribbon/elastic/leather inside your hat that touches your head. When using ribbon there is often a pooch that occurs - especially if the hat is an unusual shape. Here's some examples of bumpy headbands.
Bumpy Headbands

Bumpy Headband

To swirl you place your ribbon on an ironing board and place the hot iron along the edge of ribbon and pull the ribbon in a semi-circle. This will place a curve to one side of the ribbon.
 Once you get the curve into the ribbon you place the curved side closest to the brim before you begin so sew and voila! - you'll have a flat headband that fits perfectly!

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Millinery Guild of Southern California presents LA Fashion Week show!

Millinery Lovers in California good news! The Millinery Guild is having a show in LA's Fashion Week. Guild Member Mondo Guerra from Project Runway will be headlining a list of exciting designers and a special tribute is planned for Eloise King! Here's the basic info if you want to join the fun!

                            When: October 15th, 7:00 PM
                           Where: Millennium Biltmore Hotel
                                      506 S. Grand Ave.
                                      Los Angeles, CA 90071
                              Cost: Free but reservations required 
                          Parking: $20 valet at the hotel
                                      $6.50 at Pershing Square 
                       More Info: Millinery Guild of Southern California 

Crystal Room at Millennium Biltmore Hotel

Logo design by Davina Chatkeon

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

County Fair, new Etsy Stores and an upcoming Announcement!

First, I want to brag about my friend Colleen Stanton who is an award winning hat designer! She won 3 ribbons at the LA County Fair in their Project Hataway competition! Check out these awesome pictures of her work!
First and Second Place!

Also, I have finally opened a couple of Etsy stores you can check out.

RedNoseRabbit on Etsy
My Lucky Cap on Etsy

Next week I should have some news about a millinery fashion show in LA as part of LA Fashion Week! Admission is free and I'll have info on how to get reservations!

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