Thursday, September 8, 2016
But I can share my own hat pattern or possibly patterns.
I went to look for the box that I keep all of the hat stuff in... Oops....This is what it looks like right now.
I forgot that I took Tessie's hat shop apart not to long ago.
Therefore, everything is a mess... So what else is new?
I used to sell hats at shows. They were of my own design so some of those I can share with you.
Each of the three photos that you see here were developed over the years and parts of them are interchangeable to make different versions.
The first photo is a cross between a bonnet and a flat brimmed hat. The brim is more conical than flat. Each one trimmed to the way I wanted it to look. These were popular in the Empire period and later.
The second one is my bonnet pattern It's just one pattern, but looks quite different in each case. It is a matter of trim and how you cut the brim part. This was a popular style a little later on. Up to the 1860s and 70s.
Again, these three are basically the same hat. It's just the curve of the brim and the trim that make them different.
I am going to have to go back and make new patterns for each of the three. Then I will, one at a time, show you how to make them.
There is a secret to all of these hats. They are made from the velvet ribbon that you buy for decorating at Christmas, weddings and such. I am going to go get some of the satin finished stuff and see if that works too. I bought rolls of the velvet years ago and have enough to make hats from now 'til doomsday! It doesn't take much to make one hat.
Anyway, I am going to go now an rework all of the patterns for you... Hang in there. I may throw in a couple of hat stands for good measure. I will try to start tomorrow.
See you then!