Big hats, big hair

I know we’ve been a bit quiet on the blog front, but that’s not because we’ve been resting  on our laurels! We’re hoping to get some new publicity photos soon, featuring our new frocks, and I’ve been making matching accessories. So, the other day, we all got together at my house for popcorn, “the Duchess” on Dvd and experimentation with hair. We want it big! We don’t care if big hair’s not quite in our period, it’s more fun. We tried on Hetti’s hair first, figuring we’d have to backcomb it. We had very little success until my darling bf lent his 90′s rocker expertise and showed us how to backcomb like pros. After half a bottle of hairspray…result! Hetti is feeling baroque We quite fancied the idea of bergere hats too, and managed to find some cheap and cheerful Easter bonnets at a craft shop(hurrah for Easter)  . One problem..wrong shape. !8th century bergeres have small, flattish cowns, and these had big curved ones. Following a youtube tutorial we doused them in warm water and reshaped, giving the drying a helping hand with a hairdryer. I cheated actually, I ended up cutting off the top, trimming down the sides and reattaching the top. Ever wondered how to make 18th century style hair accessories? Simple, plastic combs, glue gun and lots of feather/flowers/bows. Don’t burn yourself like I did!