Seriously, I do think hats are great. Not only do they keep your head warm in winter and cool in summer, they can give an ordinary face a little something extra and they can certainly pull together an outfit. I have never made a hat myself (a few makeshift turbans notwithstanding) but I've come close. Remember when I planned to make myself a bucket hat? For various reasons, that never happened.
But look what came in the mail today:
Readers, this may be the pattern that gets me making hats. Or at least a hat.
I've generally been of the opinion that hats, like shoes and knit tee shirts, are best bought commercially. And yet there are all sorts of hat patterns out there. I picked up this 1950's Vogue at my local flea market.
Some vintage hat patterns are definitely giggle-worthy. McCall's 8009 makes me think of a wisdom tooth extraction.
Vogue has a line of vintage-inspired hat patterns, as most of you probably know already.
The hats on the envelopes always look attractive, but I haven't seen too many made up with great success. I think this is because, ultimately, hat making is difficult. It requires an excellent eye for proportion, a good hat face (and a vintage-style hat usually requires a complete vintage-stye look) and access to quality hat making materials. Most of what I see in the notions stores even here in NYC, like silk flowers or other baubles, look cheap; I've found better looking stuff at the Dollar Store.
|Just $1 each!|
Still, when I saw Vogue 8893, my men's hat pattern (from 1994) last week on Etsy, I jumped. Will I make a hat before year's end? It's possible.
In closing, readers, do you sew hats (other than, say, fleece caps)? If so, what inspires you to do it?
Do you think sewing hats requires different skills than sewing clothes, or do you see it as pretty much the same skill set? Perhaps it depends on the hat.
Somebody's buying all those hat patterns (and bidding up the vintage originals on eBay) -- is it you?
Happy Thursday, everybody!