Royal Hats for Barbie
Every doll needs a set of hats and fascinators for those ‘Royal’ occasions, especially a doll with Royal connections.
These hats came about because when I watched a recent Ellen show, she spoke about the new Kate and William dolls that Mattel is bringing out to commemorate their first anniversary. Ellen produced her own doll that she called her ‘Cousin Ellen’ doll. I decided that a Royal cousin needs a wardrobe of tiny hats and fascinators. So I went to work and these are the result. If you want to make your doll a set of hats, you can purchase my tutorial of patterns and photographed step by step instructions.
The Cousin Ellen doll needed a basic set of hats in her wardrobe. Two fascinators and two hats.
From left to right. A full hat with all the trimmings for ascot or other event where the Queen is in attendance. A large modern disc fascinator that Ellen can enjoy wearing with the younger Royals. A small feather fascinator for those times when she visits sick children in hospital but still needs a head piece so that everyone will know she is a Royal. And last a pillbox hat for when she attends those stuffy dignitary lunches and a pillbox hat adds that extra something to her wardrobe. So now Ellen is all set to attend any Royal event and feel like a princess.
As a milliner (a designer and maker of hats) I made these tiny chapeaux in a similar manner as to how I design my full size women’s hats. I use hat buckram and there are three wires to keep the shape. However because they are small, there is no sewing, unlike full size hats, so anyone can make them.
You can now make hats to match the couture wardrobe you have designed for you Barbie.
Because this hat is wired, the brim can remain flat or be turned up for an entirely different look. The hat can be dressed with feathers or fun trims can be added for a more casual fashion look.
The large disk fascinator is mounted on a tiny handmade hair band.
The small fascinator is all about feathers. It too is mounted on a hair band.
No wardrobe would be complete without one or two Retro hats.
If you would like to purchase this tutorial with pattern pieces the price is $9.95.