Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Fascinator tutorial- Final part 3!

Hello everyone,

Once again sorry for the long delay between the parts of this tutorial! But here is the final part at last :)

So lets pick up where we left off then shall we? The last step covered was making up your lining, so now we can move on to sewing that inside your fascinator!

You want the right side fabric out of course- then place your lining inside your fascinator, making sure you line up the seams (of the darts) of the outer fabric of your hat and your lining- for a really neat and professional finish. Then pin up your seam allowance of your lining so you get a clean edge all the way around and slip stitch (invisibly) your lining in place all the way around the edge of your fascinator.

Hopefully that was easy to follow but here are some pictures as usual to help :):

Here you can see I have slipstitched almost all the way round and can see how the lining sits nice and smoothly inside :)
Here is a close up so you can see how the seam allowances tuck inside the fascinator and you get a nice clean edge:

And as it was really hard to try and photograph the stages of slip stitch for those who don't know I found the following tutorial which shows how to work invisible slipstitch really clearly :):
Then the final part of your fascinator- yes you are almost done, keep going! :) Is to add a way to fasten it to your head/hair.
There are many ways this can be done- by sewing in a comb (you can get these on eBay etc..), or a length on elastic (either end attached to either side of the fascinator)- the elastic should be long enough to securely hold the hat in place and stretch underneath your hair running against the back nape of your neck.
But one more method is to sew hair loops onto your fascinator, which you can then put hair pins through and into your hair to hold your hat down instead :)
This is really simple and just involves making a small length of chain stitch and sewing this into a loop. Repeat this in a few places around the brim of your fascinator (I just worked a loop either side :)
Here is a tutorial which explains chain/loop stitch well (the beeswax is optional though :):

And now you can be super proud of yourself as your fascinator is all done!!!

Get out to a fancy party/event and show of your creation right away! :-P
Well done! :)
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and if you have followed it I hope you like your finished fascinator!
Again if you have any questions or don't quite get any sections don't hesitate to leave a comment in the box below and  I will reply and try to be as helpful as possible xxx
I hope you are all well and thank you for sticking with me despite the long delays recently :P
Speak again soon,
Bye XxXxXxXxX

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