Hat #6: The Artist Cloche

Back in February 2013, I blocked my 6th hat, which happened to be my second asymmetrical cloche. Due to my busy schedule, I did not pick up my blocked hat until April and only recently finished trimming my hat on 27 May! I’m rather proud of myself (for making the bow, that is) and I can’t wait to wear my cloche when it stops raining. 🙂

Front & left side. I've chosen to tilt the hat further to the left for a more asymmetrical look.

Front & left side. I’ve chosen to tilt the hat further to the left for a more asymmetrical look.

My new @TheSaucyMilliner-blocked cloche, inspired by the one in The Artist! #hat

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I am not sure what to call my white cloche yet. Artiste? Peppy? Bérénice? Or should I stick to the Saucy Milliner’s name for the hat, Clara?

My initial inspiration came from the cloche worn by Bérénice Bejo as Peppy Miller in The Artist:

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After taking a look at the photos of the hat, the Saucy Milliner, pointed out that this might not be challenging enough for me, having already blocked 4 fur felt hats with her. She showed me how I could make my own upturned cloche with the help of a head block and I decided that I would do this another time.
Still determined to block a white cloche, I showed her photos of the white cloche worn by Essie Davis as Miss Phryne Fisher in Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries:

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You can see that this is asymmetrical (see photo).

As Miss Fisher’s hat was made from a custom block, we went for the “Clara” block, which happens to be asymmetrical as well. I am very happy with the way my hat’s turned out. If you are interested in making your own hat or if you would like the Saucy Milliner to make you one, head over to her site. You will not regret it!

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