Anatomy Of A Hat Makeover

What follows is a work in progress, but I thought it might be interesting to show a little of what goes on in the Steam Cat Labs.

It all started when a friend gave me this hat:

Gwladys Pendlebury (my model) does not do this justice. It was fairly ratty looking, and the fabric was rotting in places. Of course, I needed to decide what to do with it. How about this?

(But of course. The link is now gone. Let's just say I had the Dowager Countess in mind.)