Elizabethan Tall Hat

Aug 24, 2010

I started recently making Garb for the Ren Faire and dressing when we attend. I’ve been going for years but had never dressed before. Last weekend I had one week and just my stash fabric to create an outfit; I did a fairly good job for not using any patterns or anything, but one thing I was missing was a hat. I have a low crown straw hat that I bought for this very purpose a long time ago, but it got left at the house in Indiana. I Scoured craft stores and thrift shops last week and was unable to find ANY sort of straw hat at all! This was weird because, they are normally everywhere. We plan to go again the last day of the Faire (two weeks away) and I need some sort of hat. I saw some of the women had on a fancy pilgrim sort of hat and I really liked them! I didn’t know what they were called, but after searching the Wench Guild archives, I discovered they are called “Elizabethan tall hats”. When I looked for one online, I think the cheapest, plainest one I could find was a few bucks shy of $100! That’s a lot of money for something I potentially might only wear once, so I decided to try to make one myself. You can see an example of this style below as shown in The Tudors series on Showtime.

Princess Mary - The Tudors

Below is a photo gallery of the hat making process complete with instructions on images.

Completely finished

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