Hat of the Week

turban5Good morning!

I’ve been kind of obsessed with turbans lately. I love to make them but they’re completely hand stitched and very labor intensive. If only I could streamline the process…

Then I remembered my vintage pattern collection and found this one. I have modified the pattern and sewed it on the machine. I love the vintage fabric…but I’ll try a fabric that’s less busy for the next one. What do you think? Would you wear this?




Vintage Hat Friday

Good morning!

This is a funky 1940s hat from my collection. No designer label, but definitely a different shape. It was purchased at Engel-Fetzer, a Cleveland department store of yesteryear. Check out the close-up photo of the embellishment…some sort of unusual comb? Not sure if it’s just decorative or if it has a function. It never ceases to amaze me what women will perch on their heads in the name of fashion!






Hat of the Week

Good morning friends,

I’m changing things up a bit and will feature a hat of the week on Mondays, at least for a while. Today’s offering is a hat that I made for “One Hat, Many Milliners,” a project that showcased the diverse interpretations of how milliners approach making their hats. It was organized by The Milliners Guild of New York, which I belong to.

This hat is blocked in two pieces; the crown (top) is black wool velour felt, and the brim is a deep purple aubergine felt. The band is hand smocked and topped with a loose bow, vintage flowers and feathers. I cut away the right side of the brim to make it asymmetrical. Overall, a pretty and unique look. More photos and details may be found in my Etsy store.

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Vintage Hat Friday

Good morning!

Today’s hat is a cute little topper – sort of a demi-turban. The fur felt is positively dreamy and buttery. The large rhinestone pin at the front adds a lot of sparkle and personality. While this isn’t the world’s most unusual vintage hat and doesn’t boast a designer label, I appreciate the quality of materials and craftsmanship. I love the sewn pleats that lead to the pin. Definitely a hat to enjoy!

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In-Studio Perspectives

This week’s post is about a styled shoot I participated in yesterday. It was a lot of fun to be involved in the “organized chaos” and to see my hats on such fabulous models. Check out the hair, makeup, costumes, flowers, staging…so very cool.

The theme is “Chasing Alice,” a fantasy wonderland-inspired wedding. I will post some of the professional photos taken by Black Box Photography in the near future. In the meantime, I attempted to capture the spirit of the session with my iPhone that I share with you now.

Lots of hands on deck helping to style and organize

Lots of hands on deck helping to style and organize

The table is set for tea

The table is set for tea

The Mad Hare

The Mad Hare

The bride...with Twiddledum and Twiddledee in the background.

The bride…with Twiddledum and Twiddledee in the background.

Style Monday

Hello Fashionistas,

I really like this pretty dress modeled by Blake Lively in the August issue of Vogue. She is shown in numerous designs inspired by the West but this one speaks to my quilting roots because of the pattern…but the elaborate ruching makes it super sophisticated. The horse blanket-inspired wrap makes the photo (and outfit) so interesting. Love!Blake Lively Vogue Aug 2014

Vintage Hat Friday

Happy Friday!

Today’s hat is a sweet little toque that reminds me of a layer cake. Or a fancy energy dome if you’re a Devo fan :o)

It’s completely hand sewn with layers of vintage straw and netting. There are some holes in the netting but they don’t distract from the hat at all. An interesting pyramid-shaped Aurora Borealis rhinestone embellishment sits at the front. The maker is Helen Brounet, California. I’m guessing early 1960s. It’s for sale in my Etsy shop.

Have a wonderful weekend and stay cool under a wide-brimmed hat!

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