I started with a large, floppy straw hat from the floral department of Pat Catans.
I then began peeling away the brim, layer by layer, to reduce width of the brim down to approximately half it's original size.
I then cut off the excess and stitched the remaining brim in place.
I painted the hat black. I did one coat in "soft black" and let that dry. I then painted a top coat in a high gloss black. The combination of the two paints added some texture needed to make the hat look more worn and natural.
I then glued on some cheerful daisies and cherries. After the glue dried I stiched the flowers and berries into place to assure that they were secure.
Next I will finish the coat and draft my pattern reviews for the blouse, coat, and skirt so that I can enter the costume contest. Once that is complete I will still need to purchase shoes and the umbrella.