Fast forward to this week, and it's 98% finished!
It's made from a hi-tech fabric called Fosshape, made by this company. I have wired the rim and the "petals" on top with millinery wire, so it's more of a sculpture than a hat. The whole thing is hand-sewn. It's also really big: 24" in diameter and 12" tall. Next week, the performer is stopping by for a final fitting (There will be a cap inside) and I will have some photos of her wearing it to post!
I finished the White Hana Hat Tuesday! It now has ties to keep it on and "stamens" on top. Here is an updated photo:
Soon there will be more pictures, including the performer wearing the whole costume (hat + white kimono).....I should have more photos next week!