So near, and yet so far...
Unfortunately, she has left with The Hat.
The Hat is currently too small. It is to be taken away and placed on something called "the stretcher" overnight, before being returned tomorrow evening by which time, it is to be hoped, it will mysteriously have gained a slightly more ample crown measurement.
Still, at least we have the partial comfort of knowing that the colour is an excellent match for The Outfit.
Despite the milliner's solemn promises that The Hat will fit tomorrow, my hat hysteria is mounting to epic proportions.