I think this will be the last vic hat update for a little while - I'm going to set it aside for a while so I can get working on other projects.
I made a bunch of small, gold, ribbon rosetttes:
So, I ripped off the red velvet ribbon over the stitching line on the gathered gold ribbon at the brim - I need to figure out exactly what I'm going to do to cover up those ugly stitches. Here is the best view of what is going on with the gathers - basically I tacked a short tube underneath the gathered ribbon, then ran gathering stitches at the opposite end, and then pulled the gathers tight.
Some feathers and net - not the look I'm going for.