FASCINATOR sounds like a name for an evil siren-like villain, a temptress that could paralyze men with her fatal beauty.
But, really, according to… errr… Wikipedia, a fascinator was originally a “fine, lacy head covering akin to a shawl and made from wool or lace”. By the 70’s, it had acquired a new meaning: “a delicate, slightly-to-very frivolous head decoration worn almost exclusively by women”.
I like fascinators. I like women who wear them. Only the brave and the bold ones (and a few, let’s face it, slightly delusional ones) can wear them with conviction. Sometimes, I see women who wear flowered or frilled headbands but I feel they lack confidence to go for the real attention-getter version. For the shy and reserved me, a fascinator is an ATTITUDE BAROMETER. If I wake up one day and itch to wear one, I know that I’m feeling very good about myself.
I made this pretty Pink Rose Fascinator using tulle and felt. I sewed everything together. I understand why some people prefer using the glue gun for their projects, but I’ve always had an aversion to gluing things I wear. I’ve had a couple of those in the past and they never last because, after a while, the glue gives up. It also ruins the fabric, and makes it useless for recycling.
When I wore this out, I was feeling pretty good about myself. I noticed some curious stares but, thankfully, I never got ones that said: “what-was-she-thinking?” A couple women stared at my head then gave me an approving nod. A guy passed me and said, “Hey, nice hair thingie”. So I’m pretty pleased with it.
I know, I know. The Pink Rose Fascinator is quite understated, almost conservative. One day, I’m going to make a big one — a real show stopper! One that would say: “Hey, Everybody! I feel snazzy today! Look at me!!!” And if I’m brave, I’d wear it in public. It would be the perfect thing to wear to a performance. Imagine that! Me rocking Mildred with a huge freaking fascinator topping my head!!!
Possibly after downing a glass of wine.