Author: Liz Oliva

September 2017

September 2017

Autumn is here!   With the temperature dropping and the wind picking up, what better way to stay warm and cosy on those blustery days out and frosty dogs walks than wearing my new luxury faux fur Shrug and ‘East Meets West’ beanie.  ‘East Meets […]

August 2017

August 2017

These past few weeks have been turning very autumnal.  With the thought of long rainy days ahead of us, I started work on my waxed cotton rain hats. As you can see waxed cotton is fully waterproof and perfect for those miserable days.  I make […]

June/July 2017

June/July 2017

I have always been hugely inspired by all things Japanese. Their level of craftsmanship and creativity is something i have aspired to replicate in my work.  I have made quite a few hats using original Japanese hat patterns during my hatting carrier, and this shape has always been a best seller as it offers great protection from the sun, as well as offering a style that compliments many face shapes.  

I was recently having a look at Japanese fashion books and how they style their clothes and accessories with very interesting fabrics. They use a lot of natural linen and also focus on monochrome prints accentuating one bold colour. Often using geometric patterns. 

While hunting through everything i was finding out i stumbled upon a brilliant  site that sold authentic Japanese fabric prints.  I was blown away by the diversity of prints they had.  It was so inspiring to see all of the styles they had and how they use metallic over prints to create a very interesting and aesthetic pattern.

I thought it would be perfect to use these Japanese fabrics to make my sunhats, and make them my hat of the summer.

May 2017

May 2017

 I have been working on creating a unisex Fedora style spring/summer hat.  It took me quite a lot of time and effort to get the shape just how i wanted it.  I wanted to create a hat with the traditional fedora silhouette, while incorporating my […]

April 2017

April 2017

  My focus for early spring was vintage hats and shapes.  I spent alot of time going through my collection of vintage lace, and created a lovely natural linen cloche with gold corded edge and accents of lace.  This has a lovely tapered brim that […]

March 2017

March 2017

At the end of February I was contacted with a very special request to make three caps ( two modern mens flat caps and a ladies vintage Chanel cap) from two pairs of tweed breeks that belonged to their late father. it was a real honour to be asked to make something 
of such significance!

I really enjoyed the task of piecing the tweeds and creating a new textile from the breeks.  I wanted to keep as much of the original detailing as possible.  I used the buckles from the bottoms of the legs, to add a unifying and functional detail to back of each cap.  The tweeds blended together beautifully, with one tweed having a lovely blue over-check in the herringbone weave. 

The high quality of tweed in the breeks resulted in a great outcome, with a highly aesthetic finish!  

 

Here are some lovely words from S Thomas who commissioned the hats.

It was a very enjoyable, rewarding task!

I looked at the hats Liz had on display at a market in Shaftesbury, they were beautifully made and it got me thinking. My Dad died last year, he loved fly fishing and always wore tweed shooting breeks. I kept the breeks, not knowing what to do with them. Now, having seen the quality of Liz’s work, I hit upon the idea of having peaked caps made from the 2 pairs of Dad’s breeks, one each for me, my sister and brother. I contacted Liz who was very helpful and receptive to the idea, we met up at the next market in Shaftesbury and I gave her the breeks, we looked at designs and came up with a great one for my sister and flat peaked caps for my brother and me at a very reasonable cost. I gave her the sizes and within a week, we had 3 wonderful mementos of our Dad that look like they will last forever!

 It will be a lovely surprise for my siblings when I see them next year. Thanks a million Liz.

 S Thomas

Shaftesbury

 

: If you have a similar need don’t hesitate to contact me, and i will see what i can do!