February 6, 2016

Hat Histories: The 1940's Fur Tilt Hat

Today instead of looking at a particular milliner's work, let's look into a specific style of hat shall we? Since it's still very wintry outside my window, and I'm about to embark on a new hat project this weekend, I want to look at the fur trimmed tilt hats of the 1940's! I have long coveted a cute fur winter hat, but of course I want a faux fur option and so DIY is going to be the way to go. This style of hat seems to have been very popular in the late 30's and into the 40's and it can be relatively easy to snatch up a vintage one online. Let's take a gander at this cute style of winter topper!

It seems even the ladies of 1939 thought a fur hat was a good DIY project! 

Vintage Vixen $69.99
Avivb $85.00

DecoDiscoVintage $85.00
Raleigh Vintage
TheVintageHatShop $58.00

From fur around a short brim, to little balls of fluff, it seems any variety of fur trimmings on a little hat is vintage appropriate! I'll be using wool felt and some more of the faux ermine fur left over from making my latest faux fur collar to make my little tilt hat this weekend. Don't worry, once again I'll be taking photos as I go so you too can make a modern version of a fur tilt hat for yourself! I am hoping to have enough fabric left over to make a matching muff too, but it remains to be seem if I have enough for that. Wouldn't be the cutest set if I could eek out a collar, hat, and a muff? I'll have to see how it goes :)


  1. I hope you can get a collar, hat and muff set! That would be wonderful. There are some great hats here. Looking forward to seeing what you make.

    1. Thanks Kate! In the end I definitely had enough for a hat and a muff so I made both :)


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