Construction was pretty simple - a 3" wide band of buckrum, the length needed for the desired circumference. I folded it in half lengthwise, then wired both edges with millinery wire. Covered it with a strip of brocade, with the raw edges just floating loose inside. The brocade was machine stitched onto the band. The gold fabric I pinned and fitted to the band, so that it is smooth on the top and sides, with some tucks across the bottom, to form the little bit of snood-like bagging. There is one row of pearls stitched in place right against the gold, and another will be added on the front edge.
I started this around 7:30 last night, and finished hand-stitching the one row of pearls around 11pm. That time period did include a trip to the fabric store to get the brocade. I'm very happy with how it turned out, and am going to experiment with some variations, now that I have some ideas about how to proceed,