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Lynn McMasters

Military Inspired Hat Pompoms

Military Inspired Hat Pompoms

During the Regency many women wore hats designed after early C19th military styles. Here's how to make the distinctive pompoms.

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Turban Headdresses

Turban Headdresses

Reproduce authentic looking turban headdresses - as well as the beautiful ornamental pins that were used to secure and decorate them.

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Patterning a Purse From Just a Frame

Patterning a Purse From Just a Frame

Sometimes you have a purse frame with tons of possibilities, but no pattern. Here, Lynn shows us how to make our own. 

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How to Revive Hinged Purses

How to Revive Hinged Purses

The world is full of gorgeous metal frame purses with disintegrating fabrics. Here's how to restore them to beauty. (Includes pattern)

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Feathers as Eye-Catching Hat Ornaments

Feathers as Eye-Catching Hat Ornaments

Lynn shows you how to create a whole range of eye-popping professional milliners' tricks by burning, dyeing, stripping, shaping and clipping.

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Millinery Design part 4: Ostrich Plume Confections by Lynn McMasters

Millinery Design part 4: Ostrich Plume Confections by Lynn McMasters

My passion for Ostrich plumes started when I saw the opening credits of the 1997 movie Wings of the Dove.

Where do such plumes come from?

How do milliners fabricate them and can I create such confections?

These are all questions I asked myself then, and they led me on a course of study and experimentation. In this article I will share some of what I have learned along the way.

 

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Millinery Design Part 3: How to add Life to Ribbon Loops and Bows by Lynn McMasters

Millinery Design Part 3: How to add Life to Ribbon Loops and Bows by Lynn McMasters

or My hat looks like it has a dead fish on top because the bow just lies there! How can I fix that?

One of the most often used decorative elements on late Victorian and Edwardian hats were bows and ribbon loops.

To a non-milliner, trying to recreate some of these fantastic hats may seem a daunting task. Here are some tricks that simplify things.

 

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Millinery Design Part 2: Adding Large Areas of Silk Flowers by Lynn McMasters

Millinery Design Part 2: Adding Large Areas of Silk Flowers by Lynn McMasters

This month Lynn shows us how to add large areas of silk flowers or ribbon decorations to a hat, without using glue and without sewing each one on individually.

Why would you want to add decorations to a hat in this way?

There are several reasons, but the most important would be to save the base hat from being damaged, either because it is vintage or because you might want to redress it in the future and anything you do now will have to be undone.

 

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Millinery Design Part 1: How to Choose the Decorations for a Late 19th Century Hat by Lynn McMasters

Millinery Design Part 1: How to Choose the Decorations for a Late 19th Century Hat by Lynn McMasters

Have you ever walked into a large craft or fabric store to purchase the things you need to decorate that fantastic hat you're making, and been totally overwhelmed by the possibilities?

Should your hat be simple and elegant, or should it be a liberally decorated, multi-coloured feast of delights?

Professional period milliner Lynn McMasters shares her secrets with us in this new series on millinery design.

 

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Hats & Bonnets from Modern Hats

Hats & Bonnets from Modern Hats

Straw was popular year-round for Natural Form headgear. Here's how to create three different shapes by altering modern sun hats.

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Titanic Straw Hats

Titanic Straw Hats

Lynn McMasters shows you how to make three different styles of 1912 straw hats, just in time to go down with the ship in fabulous style!

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A Flared Top Hat, part 2

A Flared Top Hat, part 2

Covering and finishing a fantasy topper for a Mad Hatter, including printing fabric and making supersized hatpins

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A Flared Top Hat, part 1

A Flared Top Hat, part 1

When is a flat pattern not a flat pattern? When you can use it to create a hat that looks like it couldn’t have been made with a flat pattern...

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Working with Lace

Working with Lace

Lace fabric makes dazzling headwear for many historical periods. Here are several projects that use lace fabric to its full advantage. 

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Period Tassels III: Beaded Tassels

Period Tassels III: Beaded Tassels

This is the one you've been waiting for — let's bling out those costumes with some beautiful beaded tassels!

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Making Period Tassels

Making Period Tassels

Lynn McMasters shows us how to make three kinds of tassels to add color, weight, and movement to any period costume.

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Man vs Machine

Man vs Machine

Lynn finds out whether several tools and machines are worth the money, or whether they just make a simple job more complicated. 

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Romantic Era Daytime Hairstyles, Pt 2

Romantic Era Daytime Hairstyles, Pt 2

In her final chapter on spectacular Romantic Era hair, Lynn demystifies two more hairstyles, including the infamous Apollo's Knot. 

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Romantic Era Daytime Hairstyles, Pt 1

Romantic Era Daytime Hairstyles, Pt 1

It can be difficult to find examples of daytime hairstyles in paintings and fashion plates, but Lynn can show us how to make some.

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