I just finished this dramatic hat for a fashion show in Alliance this coming Sunday. The free-form brim makes a unique style statement. Coupled with the fabulous feathers and handmade silk flower, it’s a real show-stopper. Is this your next Kentucky Derby hat?
Today’s vintage hat is all about summer. Such pretty, delicate roses and violets are perched on the wavy brim of this garden-inspired beauty. It does not have a designer label and it’s completely stitched by hand, including the grosgrain ribbon edge. I’m guessing 1950s or early ’60s. It’s available in my Etsy store.
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?
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!
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.
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!