Hat of the Week

The hat of the week is inspired by fashion from the 1920s. I’m currently creating a hat for a historical costume from the 1920s and wanted to try this shape, since both the crown(top) and brim are traditional 1920s shapes. The costume hat will be made of felt to go with the outfit but I made a prototype in straw to take it for a “test drive.”

Will bring you photos of the final hat when I’m finished with it. In the meantime, enjoy this pretty summer hat and learn more about it in my Etsy Store.

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Vintage Hat Friday

Good morning!

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.

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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?

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Vintage Hat Friday

This is one hot hat! No designer label, just a union-made label. It’s blocked on a base of cape net and covered one-by-one with neon pink feathers. This one just makes me smile.

I once made a one-by-one feather hat. It was about half the size of the hat below and it took HOURS to assemble. First, the feathers must be “gone through” and the fluffy bottom sections stripped away. Then each feather, one at a time, is carefully glued to the base, overlapping artfully. This one has the added beauty of the side feathers flipping over the top to create sort of an Elvis-like ducktail swoop.

As usual, I’d love to have seen the original owner decked out in this hat and her finest dress. Fun!

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Vintage Hat Friday

Good morning hat collectors!  Although this is a wool felt hat, it hints of spring with its ring of flowers and fabulous handmade feather butterfly with long quill antennae. Each blossom adds dimension and depth, which makes anyone want to take a second look. There’s no label in his hat to identify a maker but it is hand stitched and has a high-quality feel. I think it’s a charming hat and I’m glad to have it in my collection.

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Vintage Hats

I’m so excited! I just purchased a collection of 87 vintage hats. Here’s a teaser – 42 hat boxes full of everything from picture hats to pillboxes. I’m currently focusing my efforts on the American Craft Council Show in Baltimore, which begins on Friday, February 22 and runs through the 24th. If you’re going to be in the Baltimore area let me know and I’ll send you a free admission pass. Once I’m back from the show, I’ll begin refreshing and restoring some of the vintage pieces, although most are in marvelous shape. Stay tuned because there’s much more vintage goodness to come!

42 Vintage Hat Boxes. What's inside?

42 Vintage Hat Boxes. What’s inside?