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My Trilby

My Trilby

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I have wanted a hat like this since.. well.. forever!  I have always loved the look of this style of hat.  On both men and women.  It bring to mind images and feelings of mystery and spunkiness.  There’s an attitude you must convey when wearing a trilby.

I love Gwenyths hat!

This style of hat has been becoming “re-popular” amongst many different style circles over the last year or two, in varying incarnations.  But for me, I like it classic, and I love that I finally found one that fits my huge head.  I found it at the Old Bus Depot Markets on our recent trip to Canberra.  The best part is, it only cost me $45!  It’s a good firm wool felt, but still nice and soft to touch.  The best part about it being plain, is that I can have all kinds of fun making cute and sassy hat bands for it.

But if you aren’t able to get there, then finding a good value hat that still looks nice can be hard (I know.. I’ve looked!).  But don’t fret, there are other options.img_0423

You could do a millinery course, and learn how to make a felt trilby.  I made something similar last year, but with sinemay.  But this really isn’t a cost effective option if you don’t have ready access to a hat block.

If you’re handy with a sewing machine, then I can suggest a pattern from Nicole Mallalieu Designs.  It’s got great shaping, and size range (yes, even to fit my massive head).  I have bought the pattern, and am on the lookout for some really nice material … I’m thinking something in red….

BALLS! and Things You Put on Your Head.

BALLS! and Things You Put on Your Head.

Tomorrow is the Inner City Knitters Guild Christmas Morning Tea.  The only difference between this meeting and all the others, is that there will be as little business as possible and as much socialisation, knitting and oohing/ahhing as possible.  There will also be a slightly larger morning tea provided by 4 members (instead of the usual 2).  I put my hand up for the Christmas rotation and decided to make Christmas cake balls.  They don’t differ greatly to normal cake balls, you just use a different cake, and have the option of adding a bit of “Christmas Cheer” (ie: alcohol) into them aka rum balls.  As I’m serving a mixed crowd, and it’s MORNING tea, I decided to go safe with some vanilla essence instead.



  • 800g Dark Fruit Cake
  • 150g dark choc melts
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla essence (or rum, whiskey, sherry, port etc)


  • 225g dark choc melts
  • 2-3 Tbsp canola or vegetable oil
  • 75g white choc melts
  • glace cherries for decoration


Crumble fruit cake into a bowl and sprinkle essence/alcohol over the top and[singlepic id=19 w=200 mode=watermark float=right] stir through.  Melt chocolate and add to cake mix.  Mush/blend/mix with hands until the chocolate is mostly evenly distributed and your mixture comes away from the edges of the bowl easily.

Place baking paper onto a tray, and roll mixture into bite size balls and place on tray.  Place tray of balls into freezer for about 4 hours.

Melt dark chocolate and oil, and using a toothpick dip each frozen ball into the melted chocolate until covered, allow excess to drip off, and place on  a new baking paper lined tray. Repeat for all balls, and place tray of chocolate covered balls into fridge until the chocolate has set.

Chop glace cherries into small pieces and melt white chocolate and allow to thicken (cool) slightly.  Using a teaspoon, drizzle a small amount of white chocolate over each ball and place a piece of glace cherry on top so it looks like a little cream covered pudding.  Place tray back in fridge until chocolate is set.

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Serve and enjoy!

I used a small melon baller to measure my balls, (which equates to about 1.5 tsp) so they were evenish, and I yielded about 85 balls.  Of course you can make them larger.  They are quite rich, however, and in my opinion a little bit of rich is nice, and you might find that making them bigger might make them a bit “too much”.

Not all 85 will make it to the morning tea, however.  As I’m sure DH will want to have a taste 😀

Now for things you put on your head!

This is only one of my hats, the ‘hatinator’ isn’t quite finished, as I had to make changes to the overall design.

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It’s a Sinemay hat (banana fibre), in a cranberry colour.  It is a 2 part crown plus brim.  Wired and covered edge with sinemay bias, grograin inner band and grosgrain/sinemay outer band.

It’s obviously too big for “Polly Esther”, but it fits my huge noggin (largest in the class by 3/4 of an inch, including one guy! :S)

I have also made a silk flower to ‘dress it up’ a little when I want to wear it with a bit more of a girly outfit.

Millinery Essentials Course – Final Night

Millinery Essentials Course – Final Night

Well, it was on for young and old, really.  Getting as much of our hats done as we could manage.  My fascinator went through a redesign during the week, so I tried to get that finshed while my hat was drying from being stiffened with a rather noxious concoction.

Of course I didn’t get everything DONE, but I’m very close, so will have finalised pictures by the weekend.  I also tried my hand at making a silk flower.  FUN!  I might look at doing a bit more of that next year.

I have really enjoyed making hats and fascinators from ‘raw’ materials.  It’s very similar to the buzz I got from finishing my knitted shawl.  I now have a hat that fits me, can be worn smart casual or a bit dressed up, and a ‘hatinator’ that would look very pretty with a vintage style dress.