I suppose we can trace the birth of my mermaid love back to Splash.
Since my introduction to mermaids I've tried, but never successfully figured out how to swim like a mermaid. It's remarkable how graceless you feel trying to flop your body around underwater. It probably doesn't help I still plug my nose underwater (don't comment on that, thanks). BUT! I like to think I can mermaid jump/dive in/out of the water like a pro. Though feeling and looking can be two very different things. Right?
Anyway. I digress. Let's get to the point, Mary!
I wanted to share the finished cocktail hat that was born from all this mermaid dreaming.
(if you missed it, check out this behind the scenes shot as I pinned the lining)
All of the outer fabric is upcycled (the cocktail hat's past life = blouses) and it has a fluttery, light feel that reminds me of something a mermaid would wear to an underwater tea party.
...fluttery flowers picked from a magical blooming kelp forest.
I see the hat as a 'something blue' wedding piece. But quite honestly, I don't believe hats need be limited to super-special events, kwim? This could be a romantic edition to a dinner out with friends with lots of layers on top with a thin chocolate 'boyfriend' cardigan mustard cords and bright aqua colored flats.
And although folks might think about pastels more as a spring/summer thing - I can imagine this icy blue in the dead of winter: Icelandic mermaids need hats too. What do you think?
P.S. The hat is waiting for its forever home in the shop: shop it here.