I finally finished it....the Hat of Prettyness..... I love it! I made it to match the polonaise, using some of the leftover peachy pink linen for the hat bag. Now I have something to wear while strolling along the lane in the bright sun. I hope to find some more feathers, maybe an ostrich feather or two.
I found the straw hat at Micheals. It was a basic farmer hat and I cut the top off and reshaped it by soaking it in water and pinning and weighing it down with cans to get the shape I wanted. I used cotton lace around the brim, which I tea stained so it was off white. The puffs I made from a strip of silk gauze I had. The flowers, feathers, and bird are dollar store finds (I also used them in my hair here)