That's Regencyphile speak for trimming hats, for those of you who don't speak it. Look at what I have made today! We begin with this hideous $7.97 floppy special from Wal-Mart.



Then we rip the hideous trim out. Then we add gold rope. It takes a few minutes for Mr Glue Gun and I to get reacquainted. He was...eager.

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Then we add gold braid to the underside of the brim. Joann's, $3.49/yard. The dark patch is from the emergency application of clear nail polish to stop some rapid fraying. It's mostly dried to the same color now.

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Here's the view from the top. It's pretty tidy for a glue-gun job.

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Then we stitch up the sides. Obviously, being squalorific to an exceptional degree, I tried to staple it first. That did not take. Stitching took longer but they're nearly invisible and quite strong.

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Where is she going with this, you're possibly wondering.

Voilà! I now have a tricorn hat for my pirate outfit this weekend.

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It will match a coat made of this beautiful wool and this trim. This is a pocket flap from it. I'm dithering on posting pics of the coat, but the basic aesthetic is from Fig 4 about midway down this page. My cuffs are the same blue where theirs are red.

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But now my hat needs feathers and jeejaws. I need your help, Groupthink.

Which feathers say poncy but hard-drinking 18th-century French lieutenant turned poncy but hard-drinking pirate to you?

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Don't tell me "none of them" because this is what I pulled out of my miscellaneous craft bin, or in the case of the peacock feather, stole from Levitas Cat. I plan to make one trip to Holy Lobby to find a blingy jeejaw to conceal the seam of the trim on the brim, but other than that I've done this hat on the cheap and I want to keep it that way. Why else would I have started with such a hideous hat to begin with!?

I'm also taking suggestions for jeejaws. Don't say fleur-de-lys, because I haven't found a single one that isn't silver-toned. Unless...do you have a cheap quick fix for gold-washing silver tones?

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ETA: Goddammit Kinja, why you rotate my pictures all wonkily?