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New Pattern Time! 1940’s Hats + How to Tie a Turban Video


I just finished up another new pattern!  YAY!


I’ve called this one the 1940’s Hat Wardrobe because that’s pretty much what it is!  It’s got all your basic 1940’s hats needs covered.

Perfect vintage hats to fit a variety of situations.  The beret and fedora look great with suits and separates.  The looped turban is dressy enough for dresses.  The wrapped turban is a great option for sportswear or for the WWII factory working gal.


I made the beret out of a wool/rayon felt I bought at a local quilt shop.

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The fedora is also made from felt.  The decoration was my invention- the original pattern calls for just a simple tied ribbon.  Perhaps if you want a blog tutorial I’ll show you how to make this trimming.

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I made the looped turban from a vintage taffeta.  This one is super fun!

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The wrapped turban is perfect for the WWII Home Front!  I made mine from a reproduction quilting cotton with little kitty cats on it.

Thanks to Fat Quarters Quilt Shop for stocking such darling fabrics and great felts!

 If you think tying a turban is beyond your skills- it’s not!  They’re really simple, especially when you sew the base from the pattern.  Check out the video that I made that shows you how!

You can buy the mailed, printed pattern here, or if you’d rather print it yourself at home, you can buy the e-pattern here.

Happy Sewing!


1890’s Inspiration: Home-Made Muffs and Collarettes

I am working on a new 1890’s pattern, so as inspiration, here is a free article for you that I transcribed from the Ladies Home Journal, November, 1898.  I hope these provide you with inspiration for making little accessories to keep you warm in the upcoming months!


ny one of the pretty muffs or collarettes shown on this page will prove a welcome Christmas present to either, wife, mother, sister or friend.  The pretty set made of astrakhan cloth, shown in the illustrations, will be found easy to reproduce.


The muff is of the cloth, and made over a shape ; it is lined with silk of the new blue shade, and at one side is a rippled rosette with a tiny Rhinestone buckle in the center.


The band for the neck is of blue velvet, piped with the astrakhan, and where it is crossed is a scant rosette of the velvet with the buckle in the middle.  Rosettes finish each end.


  The hat has the crown and brim of astrakhan, the cloth being drawn closely over one of the new shapes to be worn off the face.  The broad spangled quills are caught in place by a velvet rosette, and a clover bow, also of the velvet, is under the brim so that it rests on the hair just in front.


The rather elaborate set of black satin in illustrations, shows a flaring Medici collar of black satin lined with figured silk in light colors.  The edges of both collar and muff are outlined with a cord of heavy black and white silk.  The collar flares well away from the throat, which it should be made to fit, while the cape part is laid in flaring bloc-plaits.  At the neck is a narrow black ribbon, lopped in a tiny bow in the front under a Rhinestone buckle.  The muff, a veritable bag shape, is of material like the cape.  It is drawn together at the top under loops of ribbon, and a small strass buckle is in the center.  If one prefers it a piping of fur or satin may be substituted for the cord, but the cord is the newest in style.


The simple but elegant-looking muff of tan cloth is made of cloth matching the gown.  It is semi-oval in shape and lined with cream Bengaline, the sides being arranged in scant frills that permit the lining to show.  In the center is a small fur head, from under which fall four fur tails, all being one of the dark shades.  A muff made in this way may be worn with any gown provided always that it match sin color, and that the lining of the frills is selected with an eye to that prevailing in the costume.


Any woman who has many tiny tips- white ones- left from this hat and that wrap, may hie herself to the dealer in feathers, and by cleansing those already possessed and adding a few to them she may make a dainty boa, the one which may be fastened at the throat with a bow of white satin ribbon, with its loops and ends “fixed” after the very latest fashion.  To go with this there is the muff made of broad figured ribbon and finished at each side with frills of ribbon to match.  A gig bow of plain white satin is on top, contrasting well with a compile of tiny white feathers just beside it.  In appearance this set is elaborate.  There will be but a very little money gone from one’s purse, through the usage of wisdom and the combination of good taste will be great to create this pretty and stylish belonging.

There are many attractive belongings that do not cost as much money as time and dexterity, and that deftness that is really a talent.  Most of us can make our muffs and collars, otherwise there would be many more cold hands and sore throats. The cape collar of cloth, shown in illustration, which may be worn over the coat or without it, has a slightly curved air.  It is lined throughout with the Bengaline, the shaping of the collar showing the lining.  Around the neck, making a distinction between collar and cape, is a folded band of black satin ribbon arranged in a full bow at the back, wile in front, as if they were clasps, are two fur heads with several small tails falling from under them.  A more expensive cape of this kind, suited for mourning, would be one of crape lined with dull silk, and trimmed with ribbon and astrakhan heads.


A most stylish set is the cloth one shown in illustrations.  It is made of gray cloth, although any shade matching the gown may be used.  The collar, as well as the muff, is made of shaped pieces tailor fashion, the stitching on the right side being done at each section and around the edges with heavy silk.  There is a decided flare given to the muff at each side,  while dark crimson velvet bows graduated in size are at the top and fall well forward.  The collar has a cape that ripples slightly, but the very high collar is straight, the stitching on it being very conspicuous.  The cape is short on the shoulders and comes to a decided point in front, its fastening being concealed under many loops of crimson velvet.  Both muff and cape are lined with an inexpensive gray fur which adds to their comfort as well as to their beauty.

Next to shaping one’s muff the greatest care must be taken to make the layer of cotton, really the layer, give not only the soft, full loop, but all vicissitudes in the shape of “lumps” of wadding must be straightened out.  The cloth muff, which is specially appropriate for the fur-trimmed cloth gown, will obtain this season.

There are many inexpensive furs, in bands, heads or tails, that are effective on the muff or collar and yet add but little to the cost.  Often the bust little woman who goes out by the day, sewing busily and with many a bright idea, since she is interested in her patrons, will evolve a muff form almost nothing.  One recently seen was oval-shaped, made of a bit of black brocade left over from a dress, lined with coarse white silk that was new but did not cost much, while on tip, from among loops and ends of ribbon- also new- hung tiny tails of ermine- entire cost, three dollars.  But the buyer of the materials for this very stylish muff understood that there were small, almost unknown, shops where a bit of fur or of pasesmenterie could be bought at a reasonable price.


Something absolutely new is shown in the silk collar and muff in the illustrations.  They are made of soft, thin, golden-brown silk laid in accordion plaits pulled out as illustrated.  Satin ribbon bows in bands and loops make an effective contrast, the ribbon upon the collar being  little wider than that upon the muff.

All the muffs and collars illustrated upon this page are inexpensive, and any one of them may be made by the so-called “handy” woman, with an ease that will surprise even herself.  Other materials than those suggested here may be substituted, the only absolute requirement being that both the muff and collar shall be made soft and warm.


Beautiful Spring + Summer Hats from 1930

I have a very special treat for you this evening.  Here are some absolutely gorgeous images of hats from the Chicago Mail Order catalog from Spring and Summer 1930.

Aren’t these just exquisite?

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Just stunning!  This has to be one of the best periods for hats EVER.  *swoon*

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway that Debbie of Vintage Dancer has generously offered to my blog readers!  The giveaway ends tomorrow night!!  Click here to be taken to the post.

Happy Almost-the-Weekend! :)

How to Make a Modish Hat, 1904

Happy Saturday!

Today I have a great article from the Ladies Home Journal from 1904 that tells how to make a hat for $3.00 (which equates to about $75.50 today, via the Inflation Calculator).  Although that might seem like a high price, we need to remember that ladies would usually only have one hat to last them through, in this case, spring and summer for a year.  They may even wear the same hat for several years and simply change the trimmings.  Most women didn’t have the luxury of having several hats or a collection of them, the way we can do today with our costuming or even our regular wardrobe.  So a little bit of an investment in a do-it-at-home hat could give a lady a hat that would be chic!

In the article it tells how to make the hat pictured.  If you try to take a go at it, please do let me know and share pictures!

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Have a great weekend!

December Pretties- Millinery & McCall’s Magazine 1908

Hope you’re having a lovely weekend!

Here’s some pretty things from a magazine in my collection that’s over 100 years old- McCall’s Magazine from December 1908.  There’s lots of lovely hats- I’m a sucker for Edwardian millinery… or really anything to do with the fashion, actually.

Click on any of the images to be taken to a larger file on my Flickr.
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winter novelties 1908

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I’ve added a few of these images to my CafePress shop, too.

Hope they’ve inspired you for your winter millinery creations!

My New Goodies- Purchases Made at The Vintage Marketplace

I admit that, even as a seller, one of the best things about The Vintage Marketplace is the shopping!  There’s not really many vintage clothing items, but I did find some pretty fabulous finds this time.  In fact, more than I was expecting! Haha.  I was a bit naughty.  But I want to share my new/old pretty things.

Warning! Lots of pics ahead!

My first find was this super cute sewing caddy I got from Rita of Mammabellarte.  She is one of the two ladies who runs the show, and when I went over to her booth to ask a question I spied this little cutie and snapped it up for only $20!  Beats the normal shoe box or plastic bag next to the couch for holding evening projects ;)

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It even has a little shelf inside for holding thread!
sewing caddy
These pretty little floral furniture appliques also came from Rita.
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These cute little earrings were made by Janis of Graceabounding‘s daughter. She’s saving up to go on a choir trip to England and was selling these cute little handmade earrings to stash away money for her trip. I am a sucker for cabochons and filigree.  I want to highlight some of Janis’ lovely work in an upcoming blog post.
handmade earrings
All of these came from the same seller, at different times during the weekend. As a inside scoop, sellers will often bring new things the second day, so keep your eyes peeled and shop early!
I can always use more lace, and this one was darling and would be perfect on antique style undergarments
vintage lace
When talking on Friday, she was nice enough to mention she had vintage fabrics, so she brought these on Saturday for me to paw through. These two had to come home. The floral will be a 1940s house dress (complete with rick rack), and the blue will be a 1930s sporty dress.
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And then my husband found these two hats for me from the same seller! Quoth he, “If I didn’t get them I knew you’d kill me.” Lol! He knows my weakness for hats, and the sillier the better!
vintage 1940s hat
vintage 1940s hat
vintage 1940s hat
vintage 1940s hat
vintage 1940s hat

And lastly, I bought these two darling items from Sweet Magnolias Farm for my mom. Since she’s seldom online I know I can post the photo here without ruining the surprise. I have lots more photos to share soon from Sweet Magnolias Farm, since I want to highlight this fun company run by a mother/daughter duo- Abbey and Sara.
Sweet Magnolias Farm

Catalog Inspiration: In Fashion Headlines with Hats- 1939-1940

Wow- I kind of fell off of the face of the planet this week! I didn’t realize I haven’t posted in quite a bit. Oops?  To make up for it, here’s a few pretty pictures of hats from the National Bella Hess Fall and Winter catalog of 1939-1940. I’ve been an an exceptional vintage hat kick lately, and making my mental wish list of hats I’d love to own someday. Hmm… a mustard yellow one, and a sporty little red straw breton, and  one with loud feathers and a jaunty brim… the list goes on…. and all from around the same era as these scans, preferably!  1939 and 1940 were exceptional years for hats, in my opinion.

I know I posted this recently on my Facebook page, but I wanted to give you all a heads up that I’ve got a TON (probably about 200) vintage knitting magazines that date from the late 40s until the 1970s that will be making their way up to my Etsy store. Most date from the mid 50’s through mid 60’s.  Keep an eye out if you like vintage knitting, and keep checking back ’cause it will take me a while to get through them all!

Hope you’re having a great week so far!