Sarah McIvor – United Kingdom

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Category: Traditional


This is a fusion of fashion and music – taking my love for music and my passion for millinery and fusing them together. One of the things I love about millinery is the only limit is your imagination – who knew melting vinyl could create amazing shapes.

The inspiration for the colour came from the album itself – Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road what is regarded as one of his best – apologies to Elton fans.


  • sinamay
  • petersham
  • vinyl record
  • hat elastic
  • stiffener


  • hand blocking
  • hand rolled edging
  • small button hat block
  • all hand stitched, no glue
  • manipulation of the vinyl record

Hand blocked two layers of yellow sinamay on a 5 inch wooden button block, after stiffened and drying removed from the block – hand stitched the petersham ribbon to inside to cover the cut inside edge. Hand rolled the edge of bias cut piece of the yellow sinamay to create a bow – stitched a piece of black sinamay in the centre of the bow. Took a vinyl album and melted to make the vinyl pliable to manipulate and to make it fit to the top of the sinamay base using a hobby drill to make holes so it could be hand stitched to the base. Stitched the hat elastic so it will sit comfortably on the wearers head.

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HATalk Issue 140 (November 2017). Cover hat by Veronica Marucci.

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