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The Impromptu Millinery of Jennifer Whitmer

Long ago I made a hat that was perfectly blocked and trimmed with dainty handmade french wire ribbons artfully arranged just so. It was a perfect hat. It made me nervous.

I decided to wear this hat to lunch and on the way to pick up my friend I placed the hat on the passenger's seat of the car.

My friend and I were so happy to see one another we forgot all about the hat and she sat right on top of it. By the time she slid off the hat it was nearly unrecognizable, having drifted far from it's original incarnation. It had become startlingly imperfect.

After the initial shock wore off, my friend and I discussed the hat over lunch. We agreed that it looked decidedly vintage after its impromptu…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 6
  • Joined January 6, 2009

Favorite materials

straw, silk, fine wool, linen, ribbon, vintage millinery trim, silver wire, pearls, buttons

About

The Impromptu Millinery of Jennifer Whitmer

Long ago I made a hat that was perfectly blocked and trimmed with dainty handmade french wire ribbons artfully arranged just so. It was a perfect hat. It made me nervous.

I decided to wear this hat to lunch and on the way to pick up my friend I placed the hat on the passenger's seat of the car.

My friend and I were so happy to see one another we forgot all about the hat and she sat right on top of it. By the time she slid off the hat it was nearly unrecognizable, having drifted far from it's original incarnation. It had become startlingly imperfect.

After the initial shock wore off, my friend and I discussed the hat over lunch. We agreed that it looked decidedly vintage after its impromptu crushing. We both tried it on and laughed because we loved how odd and endearing it had become with it's flattened blooms, chanced pleats and bent wire brim.

In the restaurant some of the other diners began to comment and compliment. This was all the encouragement I needed. On that very day my millinery style was born and I have never looked back.

My impromptu hats are comfortable in every way. Not too precious to wear. Quirky and lovable.

A word about the flowers...
I hand dye and sew them with tender care. It's hard to resist flowers - you can wear them in your hair as a fascinator to a party or wedding, flaunt them on your favorite dress, pin them to your hat, and attach them to your coat collar in the dead of winter to remind you that spring always comes.

Thank you for taking the time to visit.

All the best to you,
Jennifer


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