So after making my fabulous pink shift dress in March, I decided it would be perfect for a wedding we were attending in April. However, this meant that needed a hat and a bag to transform it into a wedding guest worthy outfit. After much searching and exclaiming 'how much' rather too often, I decided that I could make my own pill box hat. Explaining my ideas to my Grandma of how I was going to cut up a Cart D'or ice cream tub, she disappeared and returned with a beautiful Camembert box, that she had 'saved just in case'. it was the perfect size!
I covered the box with some thin foam, so that I would be able to sew things to the hat base. Then I covered the box with some navy fabric, before lining the inside with pink. The glue gun was my friend here - stitching was going to be just too fiddly. I used double-sided tape to attached the ribbon round the edges (definitely not a Sewing Bee worthy hat!) and then I glue-gunned on some silk flowers (of which I have a HUGE bag of left over from our wedding table decorations . . . I'm sure they will pop up in makes for many years to come).
The clutch bag that I made to match was the same pattern that I had used for my bridesmaids clutch bags. I still had plenty of the 'soft but stable' stuff that really makes the bag look professional and the fabric was already in my stash. All I needed to buy was some navy thread and decide how I was going to accesorise the bag. After a bit of playing around (at one point there was going to be many more flowers on the bag) I decided on a simple addition of ribbon and one flower to match the hat.
I thought I had a navy cardigan that I could wear to complete the outfit, but after putting it alongside the dress it looked very faded, so a new navy cardi purchase was in order. After a bit of searching I found the perfect addition in Monsoon to complete my outfit.