Hat Stands

I made the first two hat stands. Each stands just over and just under 2″ tall. 

I used two banister legs trimmed down (package of 10 for $1), two decorative disks ($.25) and wool roving. They will get painted when I make up my mind on colors. They may not may not get velvet covers for the tops. 

Here they are with hats. 

Scale note: I realize to be 1:12 scale, these need to be 1″ tall. Mathematically, they are Milli and Nella’s scale. But, proportionally they are the mini-millinery scale. 


Millinery Head: Take 1

I’ve been thinking about mini-millinery millinery heads and hat/bonnet stands the last few days. Here is the first head with a learning curve. 

I used a scrap of linen, the same linen from my skirt supports. This is the same weight I use for my full size heads. I basically so-called down and simplified the full size version. 

This head stands 2.25″ tall. Close to Milli’s size. It likes to wabble. It also has a twist. 

Lessons learned:

  • Need to go smaller, about half this size for the shop. 
  • Use lighter weight, less bulky fabric.
  • These need bases with weight. (Hardware store washers) 
  • This did not stuff as firmly as the human size. 

A bit about scale:

Milli is 10″ tall. Compared to me at 5’4″, that makes her 1:7 scale, not a common scale. 1:6 is the closest popular scale. Not that I will be buying her much or anything. The numbers liking side of me just needs to know that. The mini-millinery has an 11″ ceiling. Our ceiling is close to 10′. That means the person inside would be between 5″ and 6″ tall, close to half Milli’s scale. So, I guess the standard 1:12 scale is pretty close. 

Milli’s Peddler Tray

I opted to make Milli a tray rather than a basket. 

The tray is 5″x3″ at the top edge, 4.5″x2.5″ at the base. I putangled fabric handles on the sides, but then decided I didn’t like her hands stuck in them. It has two ribbons, on for her neck and one tied around her waist. It seems pretty stable. 

Next comes filling it.