Friday, February 18, 2011

I Went to Night School for the Blues

Cause that's what this hat has been giving me, the blues. While the hat itself came together beautifully, I'm convinced the brim hates my face. It certainly hates my iron and my sewing machine.

Now, I'm not trying to discourage anyone. It's actually a pretty cool pattern. However, it, like most vintage patterns prior to the 60's, presumes that the purchaser could sew an entire lady's wardrobe with nothing more than a hand needle, a couple feed sacks and some buckram. It basically says, look, heifer, we gave you the damned pieces so figure it out your own damned self.

So far, I've figured out that the brim, at least the buckram part of it, really should be narrower. I took 3/8 off the outer edge, as instructed but I also ended up taking at least half an inch off the inner edge as well. Then I had to steam and press up a lip onto which I'll be sewing the hat.

Those yellow bits in the pictures are the pins holding together for a test fit. The brim isn't quite right but a couple go rounds with steam after everything is sewn together will fix that.

So here's the question of the day.

Can I wear hats? Or does my mama lie?

On second thought, it might be better if you don't answer that.


  1. Your mama don't lie! That hat looks great on you. I actually like how wide the brim is - I think it frames your face nicely.

  2. Thank you! It will need another steam pressing once I get it sewn together. I'm thinking just a little closer to the face to get closer to the Art Deco look.



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