Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Mad about Hatting
Above is the first hat I ever made. I made it perhaps five or six years ago, I don't really remember. Since making this little silk hat, I have made many more hats, taken millinery lessons while studying in London, and invested in a few small hat blocks. That's the thing about millinery, it requires a lot of expensive hat blocks if you want to make a variety of different shaped hats.
I love hats, but the ones I have made have always been historical or modern in design and the middle of the 20th century eludes me! How to I create those little clip like headband hats and the flat little caps from the 50's? That is my next quest. I have been scouring etsy looking for cute 40's and 50's hats at good prices and haven't really found any that will work for me. When faced with such a dilemma I usually turn to my sewing kit and see what I can do myself. I am adding making 50's hats to the list of new skills I want to acquire in 2015!
For a little hatting inspiration, I recommend watching this video where famous milliner Philip Treacy talks about hatting while making one of his spectacular feather hats! Sadly I can't embed it for you here as the video is not on YouTube. I've included another video below where you can see Treacy and his team making hats in his studio. It's just too bad there arn't as many milliners and hat brands out there anymore. I hope you all have a lovely Tuesday!