I’m going to let you in on a Behind-the-scenes moment for Trish Raine. Sometimes I struggle with creating pieces and this hat was a battle royale. I made the felt, then hemmed and hawed at the resulting hood. I discussed the merino wool fibre with a friend and finally decided to make a soft fedora. Once made, I longingly searched my many containers full of bands, bows, ribbon, flowers and feathers to come up with a finish that I would be pleased with. I ended up upcycling a be-jeweled t-shirt I’d been wearing for years, plucking the hundreds of odd-shaped jewels into a bowl, then randomly sewing them onto this hat.
The result is a stunningly beautiful fedora I would call a showpiece. It has sweet flowers, leopard print and green delicate foliage that peers from around the jeweled crown. So soft and comfortable to wear, it oozes casual elegance. It was well-worth the battle and patience to persevere.
“I try to make it look easy, but the behind the scenes stuff is the challenge”. – Stephen Curry