Model Millinery – Tea Cup Cocktail Hat Continued…

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Phase 2 – How To Create a Tea Cup Hat

After completing an initial sample for the Tetley Big Tea promotion, I was told that the client had changed their mind as they no longer believed the idea would work. I was initially disappointed but realized that not every sample would produce an order. I consoled myself with the fact that the opportunity of preparing this sample had taught me a new trick or two. Once I came to this understanding, I received a further email from my client in Durban to ask if I could produce a larger sample. I was sent a picture and asked to reproduce it to the best of my ability.

In preparing my second sample, I had to find a way to create the large Tea Cup hat so that if the order was approved, I would be able to replicate the design 30 times over. Since we had already been working on this idea for over two weeks, the deadline was drawing too near for comfort. I could not use the base structure of my previous sample, as it was too small. These are times when thinking out of the box is a necessity. After a closer examination of the photo and the base structure, I discovered my way forward.

Since the actual Tea Cup was over sized, I had to increase the base size to give the hat a stable fit, while cheating the tilt of the cup. I love these challenges!!! I completed the sample and had it couriered to Durban.

The order was immediately approved and I had less than 2 weeks to create 30 Tea Cup Hats! In order to successful complete the order on time, I worked according to mass production. I began with the plates and then completed the cups. Once the the cups and saucers were complete I began blocking the bases. I then attached the plates to the bases, to achieve the correct tilt. Once that was complete I attached the cups, added the tea fill and finally attached the handles. The cups and saucers were covered with Duchess Satin. My greatest fear was that the fabric would be soiled through all the handling that was needed. I scotch guarded both the cups and saucers before they were attached and luckily my fears were unwarranted. I completed the order 30 minutes before the courier arrived! There is nothing more satisfying to me than the successful completion of a job well done!

**** Please note the Yellow Silk Tea Cup Cocktail Hat on the main blog page,  was a personal challenge to see how eloquent I could master the design. Often when asked to create something I will always take the design one step further in my own time. This is a perfect example of how I teach myself to create unusual Model Millinery Hats!