POMMENKARE

KAREN SEWELL FINE MILLINERY and DESIGN

Saratoga Springs, New York On Etsy since 2018

POMMENKARE

KAREN SEWELL FINE MILLINERY and DESIGN

Saratoga Springs, New York | 6 Sales

Announcement    WELCOME to my Etsy shop “Pommenkare Fine Millinery,”home of:

KAREN SEWELL FINE MILLINERY and DESIGN
“Avant-Garde Sculptural and Architectural Millinery Designs”

PURCHASE DIRECTLY FROM THE ARTIST



I can create the perfect headpiece for your race day ensemble. Please give me a call or an email, I love new projects!!

Are you looking for something a little bit different? My work is all about flattering design born of non-traditional materials, process, and ideas, yet based in of-the-day modern sensibility and wearability. I often mix unexpected design components with the more usual millinery materials: tucked away within sweeping sinamay straw and crin curves you may find a tiny starfish, pearls, sparkling antique beaded trim or perhaps some stunning vintage buttons. Maybe even a little foil, foam or delicate found object! My hats and fascinators have been paired with the work of many current top designers, and sold in some of the most highly curated shops in the US.

Each of my hats, hatinators, fascinators, and hair jewelry pieces is entirely designed, hand blocked and stitched by me. All are one-of-a-kind and individually numbered, so you know you are getting an authentic piece of wearable art, direct from the maker. In addition to this shop, my work is available at select boutiques across the US. I am constantly in the studio creating new pieces, so check back often for updates. You can see my portfolio on my website: www.KarenSewellHats.com or www.Pommenkare.com I am always happy to talk with you and answer any questions you may have :)

Please don't hesitate to convo me if you would like to purchase more than one design and I will adjust your shipping costs so you won't end up paying double.

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  TIPS ON WEARING FASCINATORS, HATINATORS, COCKTAIL HATS, and HATS....

Do you want to know the secrets to making the fascinator stay comfortably on your head for hours or even all day long? Read on:


There ARE some tools and secrets used in millinery and by hairdressers that I am happy to share with you. Also, if you plan to visit your hairdresser prior to your hat event (day at the races, wedding, etc....) bring your headpiece along! They can show you how to wear it, and how it will work with your hairstyle to not only look best, but also to help it stay put all day.


Traditionally fascinators are worn on the right side of the head: usually designed to sit cocked at an attractive angle and forward partially across the brow, but there is no steadfast rule about this. Although the majority of fascinators are meant to be worn in the traditional way, some styles can be worn to the left, or even the center. Some are even made specifically to look great at any angle or placement, giving the wearer plenty of flexibility to choose. The best plan is to try the piece on and decide which is the most flattering and comfortable look for you. Try adding some interest by positioning your fascinator to frame your face, then tilt dramatically across the hair line. Also, as a reminder ~ wind and rain do not mix well with delicate headwear so please stay under cover during inclement weather while wearing your special hat.


There are some differences in headpiece construction that may dictate how each piece is worn:

Many of the headpieces that I make are situated on a HEADBAND. The headbands I use are purposefully quite thin so they do not pinch or cause headaches. When wrapping them with the matching satin, I weave in tiny soft silicone teeth and tips for added stability. A fascinator or hatinator on a headband is easy to wear and super easy to place. Even so, I often recommend the use of bobby pins for additional security, especially with some my the larger designs. You can match the pins to the hat or your hair color, and it can be helpful to spritz each bobby pin with hairspray prior to sliding into the hair. Cross the pins in an X shape for extra support, and place with the wavy side down to hold the hair in place. You can even tease the hair just a bit for extra extra security, but that's not usually necessary. I often include coordinated bobby pins with my larger fascinators.

I sometimes prefer to use MILLINERY ELASTIC to secure some of the smaller designs, as this allows for more flexibility of placement. Millinery elastic can be virtually invisible for a very clean (“how does that stay up there?”) appearance. There is no real right or wrong in positioning, so try out a few different angles and go with the look you prefer..... the most flattering and comfortable look for you. The elastic always goes behind your ears, around head and discreetly under the hair. If your fascinator is secured with millinery elastic it is possible the elastic won’t be strong enough to be used alone, especially for a long day or evening of wear. Once again a couple of bobby pins will provide plenty of additional stability.

Sometimes I will add a small COMB or CLIP to a fascinator as a secondary means of attachment for a piece on a headband or with millinery elastic. Fascinators that fasten with a comb should be attached so the comb’s teeth point towards the face. And as always, it’s fine to add a couple of bobby pins or even a hatpin if you like.

HAT PINS are longer than bobby pins, and are placed by sort of weaving them down through the hat material into a few strands of hair, and back up through the hat again. Some headpieces have netting sewn underneath for this purpose. There are some lovely vintage hatpins in shops that will compliment and dress up most any look.




***REGARDING RETURNS:
The Etsy setup for return policies does not allow additional notations by the seller, so I have spelled out the specific details of my return policy here:
I will certainly accept returns on JEWELRY (pendants, earrings, pins) purchases, as long as you send them back within 14 days of receipt, and they are as carefully tucked into the original protective packaging (including the tags) as they were when I sent them to you. You will be responsible for paying return postage to me, and I always suggest that you obtain shipping insurance for the parcel. Custom work, however, is non-returnable.
MILLINERY: headpieces, hats, hatinators, headbands, fascinators and hair jewelry pieces are not returnable. All custom work is non-returnable. If there has been damage during shipping, please contact me right away, though, so we may get the situation remedied through the shipper.
If you are unsure about any aspect of the piece you are considering, or any of my "shop policies," I ask that you inquire prior to making the purchase. I am happy to answer whatever questions you may have, and it will be my pleasure to discuss my work with you!!


Tax info:
Etsy is now adding sales tax on items shipped to US states that require it.
In cases where physical goods are shipped cross-border, please be aware that there may be additional duties and taxes that may applied. This will be the responsibility of the buyer to pay, unless otherwise stated. If you're required to pay VAT, GST, or other applicable taxes on the items you purchase, Etsy will display this information and amount of taxes required alongside of listings.

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I do like to change things up a bit from time to time, and will occasionally include some of my handmade jewelry for sale in this shop. I often use use ‘Argentium’ Sterling Silver. Argentium has a higher percentage of fine silver than does traditional sterling, which results in a highly tarnish resistant final product. Additionally, it is made from recycled metal, so a good all around choice, in my estimation!
**As far as stones go, being neither gemologist, nor geologist, I cannot guarantee that every stone I have used is 100% naturally formed and 'genuine.' I am told by my trusted suppliers what these stones are, but I have no accurate way to discern for myself manmade from natural, as I haven't the proper training. That being said, I try to always obtain my materials from reputable sources, and will describe the stones I have included as they have been described to me. I have chosen the components to be used in my jewelry because I like them, and hope you will like them as well.**

Thank you for visiting my ETSY shop!

Announcement

Last updated on May 3, 2020

WELCOME to my Etsy shop “Pommenkare Fine Millinery,”home of:

KAREN SEWELL FINE MILLINERY and DESIGN
“Avant-Garde Sculptural and Architectural Millinery Designs”

PURCHASE DIRECTLY FROM THE ARTIST



I can create the perfect headpiece for your race day ensemble. Please give me a call or an email, I love new projects!!

Are you looking for something a little bit different? My work is all about flattering design born of non-traditional materials, process, and ideas, yet based in of-the-day modern sensibility and wearability. I often mix unexpected design components with the more usual millinery materials: tucked away within sweeping sinamay straw and crin curves you may find a tiny starfish, pearls, sparkling antique beaded trim or perhaps some stunning vintage buttons. Maybe even a little foil, foam or delicate found object! My hats and fascinators have been paired with the work of many current top designers, and sold in some of the most highly curated shops in the US.

Each of my hats, hatinators, fascinators, and hair jewelry pieces is entirely designed, hand blocked and stitched by me. All are one-of-a-kind and individually numbered, so you know you are getting an authentic piece of wearable art, direct from the maker. In addition to this shop, my work is available at select boutiques across the US. I am constantly in the studio creating new pieces, so check back often for updates. You can see my portfolio on my website: www.KarenSewellHats.com or www.Pommenkare.com I am always happy to talk with you and answer any questions you may have :)

Please don't hesitate to convo me if you would like to purchase more than one design and I will adjust your shipping costs so you won't end up paying double.

******************************************************


  TIPS ON WEARING FASCINATORS, HATINATORS, COCKTAIL HATS, and HATS....

Do you want to know the secrets to making the fascinator stay comfortably on your head for hours or even all day long? Read on:


There ARE some tools and secrets used in millinery and by hairdressers that I am happy to share with you. Also, if you plan to visit your hairdresser prior to your hat event (day at the races, wedding, etc....) bring your headpiece along! They can show you how to wear it, and how it will work with your hairstyle to not only look best, but also to help it stay put all day.


Traditionally fascinators are worn on the right side of the head: usually designed to sit cocked at an attractive angle and forward partially across the brow, but there is no steadfast rule about this. Although the majority of fascinators are meant to be worn in the traditional way, some styles can be worn to the left, or even the center. Some are even made specifically to look great at any angle or placement, giving the wearer plenty of flexibility to choose. The best plan is to try the piece on and decide which is the most flattering and comfortable look for you. Try adding some interest by positioning your fascinator to frame your face, then tilt dramatically across the hair line. Also, as a reminder ~ wind and rain do not mix well with delicate headwear so please stay under cover during inclement weather while wearing your special hat.


There are some differences in headpiece construction that may dictate how each piece is worn:

Many of the headpieces that I make are situated on a HEADBAND. The headbands I use are purposefully quite thin so they do not pinch or cause headaches. When wrapping them with the matching satin, I weave in tiny soft silicone teeth and tips for added stability. A fascinator or hatinator on a headband is easy to wear and super easy to place. Even so, I often recommend the use of bobby pins for additional security, especially with some my the larger designs. You can match the pins to the hat or your hair color, and it can be helpful to spritz each bobby pin with hairspray prior to sliding into the hair. Cross the pins in an X shape for extra support, and place with the wavy side down to hold the hair in place. You can even tease the hair just a bit for extra extra security, but that's not usually necessary. I often include coordinated bobby pins with my larger fascinators.

I sometimes prefer to use MILLINERY ELASTIC to secure some of the smaller designs, as this allows for more flexibility of placement. Millinery elastic can be virtually invisible for a very clean (“how does that stay up there?”) appearance. There is no real right or wrong in positioning, so try out a few different angles and go with the look you prefer..... the most flattering and comfortable look for you. The elastic always goes behind your ears, around head and discreetly under the hair. If your fascinator is secured with millinery elastic it is possible the elastic won’t be strong enough to be used alone, especially for a long day or evening of wear. Once again a couple of bobby pins will provide plenty of additional stability.

Sometimes I will add a small COMB or CLIP to a fascinator as a secondary means of attachment for a piece on a headband or with millinery elastic. Fascinators that fasten with a comb should be attached so the comb’s teeth point towards the face. And as always, it’s fine to add a couple of bobby pins or even a hatpin if you like.

HAT PINS are longer than bobby pins, and are placed by sort of weaving them down through the hat material into a few strands of hair, and back up through the hat again. Some headpieces have netting sewn underneath for this purpose. There are some lovely vintage hatpins in shops that will compliment and dress up most any look.




***REGARDING RETURNS:
The Etsy setup for return policies does not allow additional notations by the seller, so I have spelled out the specific details of my return policy here:
I will certainly accept returns on JEWELRY (pendants, earrings, pins) purchases, as long as you send them back within 14 days of receipt, and they are as carefully tucked into the original protective packaging (including the tags) as they were when I sent them to you. You will be responsible for paying return postage to me, and I always suggest that you obtain shipping insurance for the parcel. Custom work, however, is non-returnable.
MILLINERY: headpieces, hats, hatinators, headbands, fascinators and hair jewelry pieces are not returnable. All custom work is non-returnable. If there has been damage during shipping, please contact me right away, though, so we may get the situation remedied through the shipper.
If you are unsure about any aspect of the piece you are considering, or any of my "shop policies," I ask that you inquire prior to making the purchase. I am happy to answer whatever questions you may have, and it will be my pleasure to discuss my work with you!!


Tax info:
Etsy is now adding sales tax on items shipped to US states that require it.
In cases where physical goods are shipped cross-border, please be aware that there may be additional duties and taxes that may applied. This will be the responsibility of the buyer to pay, unless otherwise stated. If you're required to pay VAT, GST, or other applicable taxes on the items you purchase, Etsy will display this information and amount of taxes required alongside of listings.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I do like to change things up a bit from time to time, and will occasionally include some of my handmade jewelry for sale in this shop. I often use use ‘Argentium’ Sterling Silver. Argentium has a higher percentage of fine silver than does traditional sterling, which results in a highly tarnish resistant final product. Additionally, it is made from recycled metal, so a good all around choice, in my estimation!
**As far as stones go, being neither gemologist, nor geologist, I cannot guarantee that every stone I have used is 100% naturally formed and 'genuine.' I am told by my trusted suppliers what these stones are, but I have no accurate way to discern for myself manmade from natural, as I haven't the proper training. That being said, I try to always obtain my materials from reputable sources, and will describe the stones I have included as they have been described to me. I have chosen the components to be used in my jewelry because I like them, and hope you will like them as well.**

Thank you for visiting my ETSY shop!

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Welcome to the studio

First of all I want to say Hello!
....and thank you for visiting my little Etsy shop. I live and work in upstate New York, near the beautiful Saratoga Race Course, which was, at least in part, the inspiration for me to explore millinery. I have been making and selling my work locally and in upscale boutiques across the US for some time, and have now decided to expand and try my hand at this online shop.
With a visual artist Mom, and musician Dad, I've been around creativity all my life. I suppose it's in my blood..... My university study focus was photo illustration and design, and I continue to learn new things every single day. I began working with millinery around 2012, and for me the creative process is ever-evolving, one design builds on the last... one idea leads to another and I find that I am forever on to something new! I love blocking, sculpting and stitching a flat piece of raw material into an entirely new entity: a three dimensional work of wearable art! I hope the joy and excitement of my process shines through for you in every piece of my finished work.
If you are interested to learn more about my business here is a link to an article from "Saratoga Living" magazine: https://saratogaliving.com/pommenkare-fine-millinerys-karen-sewell-has-you-covered/?fbclid=IwAR3bf67CpeUsx9x-d7obHF0LRDisnC_dfhAT4lGzG2WajQwKA2Xqvnq-nrg
Once again, thanks for stopping by!

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  • Karen Sewell

    Owner, Millinery Artist And Designer

    With a visual artist Mom, and musician Dad, I've been around creativity all my life. I suppose it's in my blood..... I studied photo illustration and design in school, and continue to learn new things every single day. I began working with millinery

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