Second, allow me to return to Steampunk-ified goodness by relaying the tale of my delectable new top hat! I've wanted one for many, many months; spent hours scouring the internet, hours more humming and hawing over which one to buy; forced myself to finally make a decision; stressed over whether it would be everything I hoped... only to find, it is. Quite simply, I love it.
|A vintage silk top hat - of the kind I cannot afford... alas.|
Not being the most financially liquid of Steampunk devotees, a top hat was a somewhat major purchase for me. I originally wanted a nice little vintage silk number, only to discover that I possessed a childlike naiveté regarding the price of such things. Suffice it to say, they are expensive and decidedly beyond my budget. However, not to be deterred, I set my sights a little lower and finally arrived at a lovely Victorian style black wool model, complete with cherry-red satin lining. Delicious.
Although it already has a black moire-silk band, I have plans to make various interchangeable, colour co-ordinated hat bands to match whatever outfit I happen to be wearing. Hopefully, the little press-studs I've bought will be strong enough to allow me to add lots of ribbon, feathers and clockwork cogs and gears. I'm particularly keen to make a hat band for my still under-wraps Halloween costume...