A Mad Hatter’s Hat Inspiration

In my previous post about the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, I mentioned that I started out looking at Pinterest for inspiration. Although I didn’t think I had enough buckram (I didn’t, but ended up going to get more) I really was inspired to make a wacky twist on the Mad Hatter’s hat – inspired not by real hats, but rather by two figures by polymer clay artist Nicole West.

One is her take on the Mad Hatter, while the other is a version of Alice – but both have those great hats… with a twist – a little hitchhiker in the hat – in one the March Hare, and in the other the Cheshire Cat.

I loved this idea, and thought it would make a cool challenge to try to replicate it in fabric and buckram – rather than polymer clay!

Stay tuned, and I’ll share with you my take on this cool idea!

A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Alice in Wonderland Pinterest board

Alice in Wonderland Pinterest board

If you follow my blog regularly, you’ll realize that I started on the costume for a theme party – before even finishing off everything I wanted to make for the Viking costume I’ve been working on.  At the beginning of November I posted looking for ideas, and used Pinterest quite a lot to brainstorm ideas.

As I mentioned in my late November post about purchased costume hats, the party theme is a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, and.. well. .. things didn’t go quite as planned.

A week before the party – I got sick.  I had hoped that it was just a normal cold, but I just couldn’t shake it, and even while sick I kept trying to finish off the costume so I could wear it to the party, but a few days before the party I was still really sick.  I’m going to still share some of the costume, even though now I haven’t yet had the chance to wear it.

If you’re reading this afterwards, you can read all the posts I (eventually) write following the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party category.

Alice in Wonderland Pinterest board

Alice in Wonderland Pinterest board

Pinterest Inspiration

In the meantime, feel free to check out my Pinterest boards. When I first started, I wasn’t sure which character I wanted to be inspired by. When the Tim Burton movie opened, I dressed up with a big group of people for the openning, and did a Steampunk Jabberwock – but since that costume wasn’t quite right for this event (it requires things like claws and wings that aren’t exactly working-the-party-friendly) I knew I’d need a new inspiration….

I divided my boards up into:


I eventually settled on sort of a Steampunk or Neo-Victorian inspired Red Queen.. who has borrowed the Mad Hatter’s hat. Hopefully I’ll have some interesting posts for you in the near future!

So. Many. Hats.

Menswear style hats  for the Mad Hatter's Tea Party - our staff holiday party

Menswear style hats for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – our staff holiday party

At work I’m the chair of our Social Committee, and one of our jobs this year was to plan a holiday party. Of course, it’s all very politically correct where I work, so we don’t call it a Christmas Party, and we’re actually going a wee bit out of our way to actually avoid anything that rings of Christmas… but I don’t mind one bit, because the theme that the committee picked was

A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party!

Part of this, included going out and buying hats – partially as give-aways, partially as decoration, and partially as costume elements for anyone who shows up without a costume or something in-theme to wear and want to fit in. We’re going to have a photo booth as well, and hats will make great props.

Mini top hats and bowlers for the Mad Hatter's Tea Party - our staff holiday party

Mini top hats and bowlers for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – our staff holiday party

This meant – I went shopping!

So many hats! First I went to Value Village, and then to the Halloween shop on November 1st – both places had their Halloween items on for 50% off, so I was able to get 38 hats for about $200.

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I picked up: 13 hats that likely will appeal to men, 22 hats that will likely appeal more to women, and 3 hats that I think anyone would like.  These included:

  • 2 mini-tricorns
  • 2 full-sized tricorns
  • 12 fascinator bonnets
  • 3 horsehair fascinators
  • 3 fabric crowns
  • 1 felt cowboy hat
  • 1 vampire-style mini-top hat
  • 1 grey rabbit-eared hood
  • 2 mini-bowlers
  • 1 mini-top hat
  • 4 classic men’s hats (two top hats, a  bowler and a fedora)
  • 2 mini-top hats with Jack Skellington on them
  • 1 Mad Hatter top hat
  • 3 soft hats (an engineer’s cap, a newsboy hat, and an aviator cap)

If you were to come to our party – which hat would you pick?

Read more about our party on the other blog I write for.. Happy Sushi Belly!