I continued to stitch lengths of cord around the side and the back of the hat, adding flowers around the front and left hand side. I left a few little 'holes' in the cording to correspond to the holes in the brim.
I then attached the spiral topper to the crown of the hat, stitching by hand between the cords so that the thread could not be seen.
As I anticipated, the brim 'flopped' as the wire was not strong enough to hold itself erect.
I experimented with the brim falling down at the back...
...and a Philip Treacy version with the brim at the front!
I will now experiment further with the brim to the left as per my original design, but strengthening the brim with additional wire 'tendrils' and flowers. I feel that this will also help to unify the brim with the hat.