Vintage Hat Friday

I love this hat! The base is cape net so it’s light and airy. It’s covered with fine maline and the maline is also ruffled over the small brim. Black silk flowers surround the crown. So simple but super cute. The maker is Cathay of California, probably 1950s.

Cathay of California

Cathay of California

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Cathay label

 

In-Studio Perspectives

In the past, I have made hats for Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens’ Murder in the Mansion event, which happens every autumn after Ohio Mart. It’s a campy, fun murder-mystery event that is always a hoot. This year the character I’m dressing from the neck up wanted something a little trashy and out of date…you see, she is a working woman (not a prostitute) in the early 1920s and is hanging out with some shady characters (no surprise). Here’s the hat. I can’t wait to see the entire outfit…

Madeline 2014

 

Vintage Hat Friday

Does this hat crack you up as much as it does me? If I ever wore this hat in public (highly doubtful, BTW) I wouldn’t be able to keep a straight face. It doesn’t have a designer label but is definitely 1960s/early 1970s and was purchased at Bonwit Teller. The original tag is still attached and it sold for $15. It’s for sale in my Etsy shop for a song if you’re interested.

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In-Studio Perspectives

It took me all week, but I finally got on a roll last Friday. I just ordered these straw hoods and love the black and tan weave. They’re fun to block and so I went to town using my hat blocks and also some free-form sculpting. These are still in progress so you can’t really tell what they’ll end up looking like but stay tuned to my Facebook page (click here to “like” What a Great Hat if you haven’t already!) to see the results. A sneak peek at one of the cloches is found below. Fun, fun, fun.

Straw hats in progress by What a Great Hat

Straw hats in progress by What a Great Hat

Straw cloche with rolled band by What a Great Hat

Straw cloche with rolled band by What a Great Hat

 

 

Style Monday

I love that we’re seeing jumpsuits and overalls on the runway and “on the street.” I had both in my wardrobe when I was a younger woman. Here are a few styles that run the gamut. The white overalls are so fresh and fun and the other two styles are an elegant statement. Love, love, love!

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Vintage Hat Friday

Hello Hat Lovers,

This hat is so interesting. When I first saw it from a distance, I thought the pom-poms were made of fur. Instead, they’re made of straw. The base of this hat is a very fine black straw, blocked into a sassy shape. The “under-brim” is an orange crepe fabric. The label says Veola Modes, NY. It was sold at Wm. Taylor Son & Co, London, Cleveland, Paris. Since the original owner lived in Cleveland, I’m guessing she bought it there.What era do you think it’s from hat specialists? I’m guessing 1950s.

Such a fun and elegant hat. (From my collection.)

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In-Studio Perspectives

A lovely customer went to the Belmont Stakes this past weekend to cheer on California Chrome. Although he didn’t win the race, she looks great and had a wonderful time. She’s wearing Chrome’s colors – purple and green – and the look came together beautifully. I had a ball making this hat and so many other wonderful Kentucky Derby hats this year.

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Style Monday

Good morning!

I love a great turban and this one is fabulous. Here’s a link to A Stairway to Fashion‘s blog (where I first saw this photo) that includes even more turban images. Love the mix of fabrics and colors. It proves that the hat doesn’t need to match, it needs to “go with.” Enjoy!

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