It’s safe to say that the halo and headband trend has made it’s mark atop many Fashions on the Field winners this year. I found out a little more about this timeless shape and put together a short DIY for those of you who might like to have a go at making your own angelic style headpiece.

A full circle style hat acts as a frame for the face creating a ‘halo’ effect with the brim. Halo hats can come in a wide range of sizes from full round circles that go around the whole head to half styles that finish behind your ears. They came into fashion in the late 1880’s proving that true style never ages, it’s just reinvented to suit current trends. The halo can be adapted to suit the wearer and their needs. Larger designs work well to balance full skirts while the halo’s modest cousin, the turban is a fun and stylish option for a day at the track.

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Along with the increasing popularity of halos and turbans we have also seen a rise in the number of embellished headbands and crowns being worn to special events like the races. Inspired by the elegance and striking appeal of luxury designers, such as Dolce and Gabbana, these jewelled adornments add the finishing touch to a less traditional racewear outfit.

All too often we fall in love with items from luxury fashion houses and designers but you can feel just as fabulous wearing one of your own creations and save yourself a whole lot of cash at the same time. This doesn’t mean we are encouraging you to copy, just to be inspired and see where your creativity will take you.

If you’d like to give it a go here’s some tips on making your own halo style headpiece. If you need a shortcut you can buy a range of pre-cut and wired headpiece shapes online from House of Adorn.

Wired crown shapes available from House of Adorn

MAKE YOUR OWN HALO STYLE HEADPIECE

Supplies:

  • A foundation material like buckram or felt – available from online millinery supply websites
  • Wire and cutters – paper covered can be found at spotlight, others are available from millinery suppliers
  • Coverings – Lace, leather, fabric etc
  • Elastic or a Wire headband – easily sourced from spotlight
  • Wadding and glue – available at spotlight

What to do:

1 – Draw out a crown or halo shape that you like on paper, test it out on your head to see how it will fit and if the size is ok.
2 – Wire the edges using a zig zag stitch – this will add stability and allow you to shape it.
3 – Cover the foundation material with wadding if you want a smoother finish. Stitch to the base.
4 – Attach the headband to the edge of the shape. Depending on your covering material you may do this before or after the foundation material has been covered.

5 – Cover the entire shape with fabric, leather or any other covering material you like. Add embellishments like lace or beading. Here’s some simple examples that are made from necklaces and left over lace.

 

 

MAKE YOUR OWN EMBELLISHED HEADBAND/CROWN

Supplies:

  • A headband of any width (you can get these online or from spotlight, you may even have an old headband you can pull apart at home)
  • Wadding – from Spotlight
  • Leather, Lace or any other covering – I find that the stretchier the better
  • Ribbon – this will finish the underside of the headband
  • Embellishments – Flowers, beads and other crafty items like broken necklaces or earrings
  • Sewing kit – needles, thread etc
  • Adhesive – Spray or craft glue (both available at spotlight or craft stores)

What to do:

1 – Cover the headband with the wadding/padding. Put as many layers as you’d like, mine has 3 layers. I used a spray adhesive to glue each together.

2 – Cut a strip of covering material so that it will cover the length of the headband and meet in the middle of the headband underneath. Don’t measure this out until you have applied the wadding. I drew a line underneath and marked the middle so that all the metal flowers would be straight when attached.

 

3 – You may need to embellish the covering before you stick it to the headband. These metal flowers these need to be wired in so that the covering hides the anchor points. Some wired items may also need a dab of glue to secure them.

 

4 – Stick the covering on the headband making sure it’s smooth and neat at the ends (I stick these down last). Add the ribbon on the under side from one end to the other.

5 – Embellish away with your beads and other crafty supplies. Remember leather is hard to sew through so a fabric would be easier for beginners.  

Here are some options you can purchase that are pre-made if DIY isn’t your thing… I’ve also found some headband tutorials you may want to try. Happy hat wearing ladies! Mel xxx

Purchase at: Milli Starr

Purchase at: Maggie Mowbray Hats

Purchase at: Emerald Handmade

Purchase at: Sovata