Its second life 2009, decorated for a christmas parade... which funny enough we ended up not attending.
Then its third life 2010, no more silly flowers... but its very damaged from wear and rain.... the poor thing.
I did not think much of it till recently at the Barossa Goldfields when I saw how shocking it had begun to look. That was when I decided it was time for a fourth and far better life.
The crown also has lining which I removed to place buckram in and then refitted the lining to strengthen the crown. It really was very damaged from the rain.
As I had the gathers on the crown, I then covered this with some thinner lace.
To line the hat I bias taped the edges using tape I had made with the fabric. I then cut out a rectangle of fabric and pleated it and pinned it into place. It was then tacked on using cotton thread.
To finish the crown I put a bias tape over the edges of the pleats.
I am very happy with how the hat looks now and I hope that I will be able to enjoy it in its new life for many more years to come.
Me proudly wearing the hat at Urbrae House.