Added Apr 2, 2011
Vogue 8052, Misses’ Vintage Hats: Package includes patterns and instructions to make five hats circa 1950. Hats A, B: contrast covered wire frame, also for A, contrast veil. Hat C: contrast flower and veil. Hat D: self-lined, contrast veil. Hat E: contrast lining and corded trim. I chose View B.
The given instructions are very clear and to the point. However, I had a heck of a time getting my wire into the correct position (perhaps this is because “millinery wire” is different than the wire I could find).
I love this pattern. What I did not enjoy was creating my wire form because I find it a bit tedious. Covering the form with my velvet was not especially interesting, but I cannot complain because I love hand sewing. The really wonderful part is the decoration. This pattern has quite a few suggestions between the different views on creating some lovely ribbon or fabric flowers and leaves. I used a mix of wire edged ribbon and plain satin ribbon for contrast. I especially love the suggestion of knotting a length of ribbon to create the flower center. It would also work to purchase silk flowers if you do not have the time or inclination to make your own!
I would recommend this pattern as a great place to start making vintage hats. This pattern gives you the base construction (which is a bit of a bore in my opinion) and from there the fun begins with ornamentation.
I really need to start wearing more hats – they are the perfect finishing touch to any outfit. And people really appreciate the extra effort. Whenever I wear hats, strangers always approach me to say how much they love my outfit!
Dark Blue velvet; Double-faced wide satin ribbon with and without wire edge; Double-faced skinny ribbon; Heavy gauge wire