I actually made these two lovely hats a few months ago but hadn’t got round to blogging about them (nothing new there then for me huh!)
The pattern is one of Vogue’s many vintage re-issues V7464 which gives you a choice of five hats from the 1930s and 40s. They can be made in a range of fabrics but mainly felt which is so easy to work with however sourcing a thicker felt fabric sturdy enough to hold the shaping proved a little difficult but eventually good old eBay came through for me. I’m always a bit sceptical at buying fabrics online as you cannot judge colours, feel or drape accurately at all. It has to be said that a lot of sellers are more than willing to send you small samples which is very helpful but you still can’t always judge the drape of a fabric from a small swatch.
Anyway back to the hats…
I’d always wanted to have a go at millinery and I think these are a good starting point for anyone who wants to give it a go. Sadly my phone crashed and I don’t have all the construction photos but as sewing projects go they are really quite straight forward. The most difficult part was steaming and moulding the Buckram fabric that forms the stiffened inner shape to some of the hats. Aside from the fact I’d never heard of Buckram in the first place I did eventually get the hang of it. Basically I used either lots of steam or a dry iron over a wet tea towel and then quickly stretched the fabric over the mould or block. In this case polystyrene shapes are what the pattern tells you to use. Then I used lots of pins to hold it in place. I repeated this process until I was happy with the shape and had enough to cut out my final piece that would then be fitted into the hat. Two things here:
Mind your fingers on the steam! And
Leave it to cool and stiffen up again well over night before cutting out your final piece.
I picked out two hats to start with but I now have a Dark Green and Burgundy Red felts to use plus I have a rather nice heavy silk taffeta fabric in a Dark Blue and Black ric rac style thin stripe that I think will make hat view C center in the right hand column of the front pattern.
When I get round to making more hats I will be sure to add more photos!