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Sweet Tea Witch Hat!

My latest group shoot featured models dressed as witches inspired by various flavors of tea. My lack of love for tea actually inspired this endeavor. I don’t like to drink it but I love the names and the smells…so why not turn it into a themed shoot? Game on!

Pumpkin Spice, Rosehips,Southern Sweet Tea and Earl Grey! Photography by Bill Welch.

I threw this costume together fasssst. I had a pretty good idea in my mind of what I wanted after looking through my closet.

I had chosen Southern Sweet Tea because it’s the only tea I like! Lucky for me I had the perfect items around to whip up something in that theme. In the grand tradition of “Under $20 Cosplay” I managed to make this entire costume …for $0.

I started with a dress I’ve been looking at in my closet forever. I bought it for $3 at a thrift store. It didn’t fit then,doesn’t fit now and it’s a bit broken and stained. After I bought it I dyed it with watered down Lipton tea. It’s great material! So we are going to cut away everything but the skirt. We’ll utilize all these pieces eventually.

I gathered the skirt up and pinned it to itself at the top to create a sort of ruching in the front into a very light bustle look. After I pinned it I took it off and sewed it lightly where I had initially pinned it. Nope I didn’t sew in a zipper. This upcycle is fast and easy bc I’ll be reusing this material soon.

Mostly finished!

Next let’s start on our hat! I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to use for it. Some friends of mine had given me some great hats! Super grateful for these! Included were several straw varieties.


This Southern Belle one was calling my name for this project and the cats were loving the new smells πŸ™‚ They are SO helpful….

I couldn’t get the top of this hat to point like I wanted. So I decided to use a second hat for that. I basically folded it into a point and hot glue it to make it stay together then attached it over the top of the belle hat.

One side of the hat I curved upwards to the point sort of pirate style and glued it there. This side I layered in flowers.

Since the two hats are different colors I am now going to “paint” the top one with a tea wash to make them match up! Super easy…tea and water. I spray it with a clear coat to prevent rub off.

I’ve added an off white sash to my hat so now I want to tea stain that as well. What I love about the staining for this versus the dress is that this will not be uniform. It should look drops of tea.

I also painted the lace trim with some watered down tea to make it less white.

Throughout the process I kept adding flowers to the side. I even spray painted some to match. Notice how the flowers are used to cover the areas where I added the second hat and any other imperfections.

My last touch was to add a hanging tea bag to the crooked top πŸ™‚

ANDDD I’m done! Cats and hats forever!

To complete my costume I used a ruffled white shirt from Goodwill,a corset I made years ago, a belt as a necklace,wrist bands I glued sunflowers onto ,some thigh highs and Goodwill shoes.

Bill Welch Photography

β€œMost books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft were written by men.”
❀ Neil Gaiman

I had an absolute blast making this. It’s simple and sweet and captured exactly what I wanted. I always seem to go a little bigger on hats than I mean to but I plan to use this as a table centerpiece later πŸ™‚ It’s perfect.

Bill Welch Photography

Until next time….



*Art curation services specialist *Designer/creator of all sorts of gadgets *Steampunk/ Mori Girl designer *Fire performer *Mother of three cats and one pretty fish *Traveler of the world! *Costumer/Cosplayer * Makeup Lover!

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