Currently I have all of the materials I need ready to go! I removed the original black plastic umbrella fabric and have used it to measure and cut all eight white lace panels needed to construct the parasol.
During this process I discovered that the frame isn’t actually made from wood like how the product description… Its made from some kind of synthetic fibers with a layer of paint on top and I accidentally stabbed my thumb with it. I’m pretty disappointed.
As for the panels, I first separated a single panel from the original umbrella and measured its triangular dimensions.
I replicated this dimension and cut out all of the panels as demonstrated below.
I specifically wanted to use the thick white edge of the bottom of the lace sheet to make the lace less delicate.
My pink lace was not quite the shade of pink that I wanted, so I dyed it to be pinker which turned out great!
^ that’s actually not a great picture of it, but it’s more pink than that now!
The next thing to do is learn how to operate my sewing machine and sew all of the white panels together. Once that is done, the pink layer will be cut using this complete sewn panels as a template. Then I would just need to spray paint the edge brown and add the design.
I’ve decided on how I’m going to waterproof the parasol and make it into an umbrella. I will be using a shower lining since they are entirely clear and thin but also a lot of material for the price (about $2) and definitely water proof. I don’t want the lining to be permanently attached, so it’ll be hooked around each of the ends of umbrella frame.
As for the aesthetic of the project, it’s very inspired by Victorian and feminine aesthetic.
Between the waterproofing lining and the lace, I may add extra decoration that is attached to the lining so I may always remove the lining and make the parasol true to the original source. Some extra decoration I was thinking of was flowers or lights. Both have a very romantic feel that is present in this Victorian age aesthetic.